Protesters call for peace at vigil for slain Minneapolis man

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Minneapolis Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting of Black Man Identified.

Dozens of protesters also blocked the driveway into the precinct, shouting “hands up, don’t shoot” at police officers, a catchcry that started following the fatal shooting of African-American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. “Even in the midst of protests and demonstrations, we will continue to have important dialogue and conversations to keep moving forward”, he said. Asked whether any of the video shows Clark in handcuffs, Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon reiterated that it captures a portion of the incident, but not everything, and said officials can’t discuss specifics because it could potentially taint witness statements.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, said “coming together shows we can achieve justice.” She told Friday’s crowd she wants police to treat community with respect, “as if we were members of your own family.” Also Friday, Minnesota Gov. Dayton said the meeting was constructive and officials talked about steps they could take, such as community policing, to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. “I take this very, very seriously. Legal Director Teresa Nelson said the state’s argument to not release videos for fear of tainting witness statements could make sense, but that most witness interviews should be done in the first couple days after an incident anyway. Asked for his reaction to the protests, Dayton said: “The No. 1 priority is peace.” He asked those who are grieving to behave in ways that don’t cause damage to people’s lives and safety. “I just pray that we will be able to get through this terrible, terrible time, all of us together, in a way that only strengthens or overall Minnesota community,” he said.

However, Schwarze was named in two federal lawsuits in 2010 and 20111 while working as an officer with the Richfield, Minnesota Police Department, USA Today reported. “Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground, an officer maneuvered his body around to shield Jamar’s body, and I heard the shot go off”. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is leading the investigation into what is officially a homicide, has obtained video of the scene from several sources, including police themselves and the ambulance, but will not reveal what they show. Pressed on the timeline for results of the BCA investigation, Evans said two to four months is typical but that the Clark case “has been given top priority”. An attorney for one of the officers involved in the shooting says Clark was not handcuffed, went for an officer’s weapon and “had manual control” of that officer’s gun.

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