MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mayor Betsy Hodges along with members of Minneapolis City Council say calling for a federal investigation into the shooting of Jamar Clark is necessary for transparency and community confidence.
Mayor Hodges says she and Minneapolis Police Chief Janée Harteau have the utmost confidence in the competence and independence of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
Both say the city should use every resource available to get all the facts and truths connected to this officer involved shooting. That’s why Mayor Hodges said a civil rights investigation by the US attorney’s office — in addition to the state investigation — will ensure the investigative process goes well for everyone.
Officials are asking for patience while the investigation moves forward.
“These investigations take time,” Commissioner of Public Safety Romona Dohman said. “Given the circumstances, it’s hard to predict how long that could be, in speaking with the superintendent today. Sometimes these investigations can take two months, sometimes they can take four months, but we just want to make sure we collect all the evidence and make sure due process is followed.”
Harteau says there are no pre-determinations about anyone’s actions, and that she understands and supports the probe.
The officers were not wearing body cameras at the time of the incident, but footage from their squad car’s camera is part of the investigation.