MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it’s completed its investigation into the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark last November in north Minneapolis.
The BCA did not reveal the contents of its investigation, but said the results have been turned over to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.
In the meantime, the investigation remains open.
The attorney’s office said it got the review file Tuesday night and will go over it for completeness. More investigation may be necessary, court officials say.
County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement that he’d like to have a decision on possible charges against the two officers involved by the end of March.
“For us, this has been a matter of life and death,” Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds said. “Whether we will be safe on the streets, whether our sons will be safe on the streets.”
Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll said he has faith in the BCA, but expects no criminal charges against the officers involved.
“They are on desk duty in clear violation of the contract,” Kroll said. “We are arbitrating over that in March. The city knows they will lose, but trampled the officers’ rights anyway using unethical stall tactics.”
Kroll said he expects the “officers’ good reputations restored.”
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says that the case will be presented to a grand jury, which is kept secret. Black Lives Matter and the NAACP want more transparency.
“Everything will happen outside the purview of watchful eyes,” Levy-Pounds said. “There’s already a great degree of skepticism of how the system functions, in terms of the lack of accountability and transparency, and Mike Freeman’s decision to take this case to a grand jury will only exacerbate those circumstances.”
Clark, 24, was shot on Nov. 15 by Minneapolis police officers who’d responded to a domestic assault call. He died a day later.
Community members say Clark was in handcuffs when he was shot in the head. Police, however, say that he was shot after a struggle in which he tried to grab an officer’s gun.
Clark’s death led to numerous protests, including a multi-week occupation of a police station in Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct.
Protesters with the group Black Lives Matter have demanded the release of videos that captured the shooting. Authorities have refused to release them until the investigation is closed.
The BCA was asked to investigate Clark’s death at the request of Minneapolis police. A federal investigation is also underway.