MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center in dowtown Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon on the heels of highly anticipated decision in the Jamar Clark case.
Demonstrators are calling for the prosecution of the two officers involved in the fatal November shooting, and while police officers were nearby, the crowd remained peaceful and marched on without incident.
Earlier this week, the Minneapolis NAACP demanded Minneapolis police officers treat crowds with dignity and respect in any demonstrations that may follow a decision. The NAACP called a Friday morning press conference to blast Thursday’s statement from Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, stressing that the city will not tolerate violence or vandalism.
“We will not tolerate acts of violence against anyone, and that includes acts of violence against our officers.” Harteau said. “We will enforce the laws of Minnesota and the ordinances of the City of Minneapolis and anyone who violates them will be held accountable.”
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Family members of those killed in police shootings, including Jamar Clark’s own father, spoke in favor of charging the two officers involved in his death.
“Any kind of people that's out here, there needs to be justice. They are not supposed to be killed by our police who are supposed to serve and protect,” he said.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he hopes to have a decision by the end of March on whether or not to charge the officers.
Clark was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officers on Nov. 15, 2015. The incident sparked demonstrations at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct and throughout the city.
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