MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Community groups who have protested the fatal shooting of a young black man by Minneapolis police say they are barred from attending a news conference at which federal officials will announce whether the victim’s civil rights were violated.

Nekima Levy-Pounds says it’s unacceptable that government leaders would exclude those who have been working for justice for Jamar Clark from the news conference Wednesday.

The death of the 24-year-old Clark last November sparked weeks of largely peaceful protests and the occupation of a north side police precinct.

U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ben Petok says the news conference is for credentialed members of the media only. Petok says community groups have been invited to a meeting at federal offices Wednesday afternoon.

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