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Feds to Investigate Shooting of Another Black Criminal

Feds to Investigate Shooting of Another Black Criminal

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By Paul Walsh for Star Tribune

Minneapolis city officials are asking federal authorities to step in to investigate Saturday’s police shooting of a man in north Minneapolis.

Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced the request Monday afternoon in a press conference with the leaders of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Department of Human Rights.

The move follows 24 hours of protests near the shooting scene and at the Police Department’s Fourth Precinct headquarters, where demonstrators camped out overnight and called for an independent investigation of the incident.

Activists in an encampment kept up their presence Monday by blocking the main entrance to the Police Department’s precinct headquarters in north Minneapolis and occupying the atrium in the wake of police shooting and critically wounding a man over the weekend.

The activists have alleged that 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who is black, was unarmed and handcuffed when he was shot early Sunday on the street in the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue N. during a struggle with police.

Police Chief Janeé Harteau has said her department’s “preliminary” finding is that Clark was not cuffed by officers who were responding to a report that Clark was assaulting his girlfriend. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the shooting investigation.

The last word from police was that Clark was being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center. They have yet to disclose his condition. Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, countered that Clark had been “shot and killed” by police.

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