MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman will announce his decision Wednesday morning on whether to file charges against the two Minneapolis Police officers involved in the shooting death Jamar Clark, sources tell WCCO.
Clark, 24, was shot and killed by a police officer on Nov. 15 of last year. The Minneapolis Police union says Clark was shot in a struggle, and that Clark reached for an officer’s gun. Protesters and some witnesses dispute that, saying Clark was handcuffed and on the ground when he was shot.
The shooting sparked weeks of protest, including an occupation of the area surrounding the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct in north Minneapolis, where tents stayed up for 18 days before officers removed them.
Ahead of the announcement, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau released a video Tuesday saying violence and vandalism would not be tolerated in the aftermath of the Hennepin County Attorney’s decision.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis also recently called for a gathering in Elliot Park downtown before the decision is announced.