MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sunday morning’s shooting death of Jamar Clark brought two Minneapolis police officers into the public eye.
That single action of pulling the trigger put officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze under an intense investigation.
Lt. Bob Kroll of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said Wednesday that state and federal authorities are investigating a homicide.
“The question is: Is it justifiable or not?” he told WCCO Radio.
When asked if he felt obligated to support the officers as the union president, he said if he had doubts, “you wouldn’t see me coming out.”
This is the first time either Ringgenberg or Schwarze has faced a deadly force investigation.
Prior to working in Minneapolis, Schwarze worked as a Richfield police officer beginning in 2008. Two years before that, he was a community service officer in Brooklyn Park.
Schwarze’s employment history doesn’t include mention of awards or disciplinary issues, only where he’s worked and for how long.
Meanwhile in his two years as a Maple Grove officer, Ringgenberg had two exemplary evaluations, no disciplinary action and internal recognition.
Before that he worked as an officer in San Diego, California.
Both officers have faced lawsuits in federal court.
A 2009 lawsuit accused Schwarze of forcing a man to become an informant through false arrests. A settlement was reached in that case.
Ringgenberg was involved in a 2012 suit that alleged rough treatment during an arrest.
That case was dismissed.