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Decision expected Wednesday on whether to indict cops that killed Jamar Clark

By staff |
March 30, 2016
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Minneapolis, MN - More than four months after Minneapolis police shot Jamar Clark, the county prosecutor is expected to announce on Wednesday, March 30 whether he will prosecute the Minneapolis police officers that shot and killed him. However Freeman decides to handle the case, the community plans to respond with protests calling not only for indictment, but prosecution of officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze to the full extent of the law.

According to several witnesses, Clark was on the ground and restrained when the fatal shot was fired, hitting him in the face. The killing of Clark, a 24-year old African American man, sparked intense protests, including an 18-day occupation outside the Fourth Precinct police station, just two blocks from the site of the shooting. Countless rallies and marches have called for prosecution of the police, and no grand jury.

Just two weeks ago, Freeman caved to some of that pressure, announcing he would not send the case to a grand jury. The grand jury process takes place in secret, and never results in an indictment of police officers. Jamar Clark’s family has called for his killers to be tried in open court, so they and the community can know the truth behind his tragic death.

“We hope Wednesday’s announcement will bring us another win, with charges against Ringgenberg and Schwarze. Even that will only be one more step toward justice for Jamar Clark. We are fighting not only for indictment, but we want to see a prosecution that can take those killer cops off the streets and put them behind bars. No matter what Freeman announces this week, we’ll keep hitting the streets until we see justice,” said Jess Sundin of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

On the day of Freeman’s announcement, the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar Clark will hold an emergency rally at 5:00 p.m. at James and Plymouth Avenues North, in Minneapolis. A memorial has been maintained there, the place Clark was killed. Organizers will rally with the North Minneapolis community to demand prosecution of the police. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and the Black Liberation Project also have plans that day for a post-announcement gathering at Elliot Park in downtown Minneapolis.

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