The image below from Twitter shows police in riot gear in route to the site of the Jamar Clark shooting. Clark was shot and killed by police last November 15th when officers were responding to a domestic violence call from Clark’s girlfriend.
Clark was allegedly shot after engaging in a scuffle while trying to hinder paramedics from giving aid to the female victim. His murder came in the midst of a heightened state of awareness of racial profiling by police, and since his death, activists have spoken out demanding police release any video evidence of the incident.
MSN reported this:
“One of the officers had tried to handcuff Clark and DNA evidence showed that in the ensuing struggle Clark got his hand on Ringgenberg’s gun. Some witnesses had said Clark was handcuffed or restrained on the ground when he was shot.”
“It was not recorded because Minneapolis police do not wear body cameras. The dash-board video camera on the patrol car did not automatically start because the lights and siren, which trigger it, had not been used due to the nature of the call.”
Protesters, however, think the supposed lack of video evidence is awful convenient for the police.
This morning, it was released that the two officers involved in the shooting would see no charges filed against them due to the evidence proving that Clark did, in fact, grab the officer’s service revolver. Police are responding to the scene of a protest taking place in the area of the death.
An organized protest is set to take place at 5:00 this evening, and the event is proclaimed to be a peaceful protest of police. Law enforcement, however, is pulling out all the tactical stops to ensure that the scene on the streets of Minneapolis don’t get out of line tonight, at least by the hands of protesters.
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Video courtesy of ABC News: