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Official: Minneapolis Police Shooting Videos Won't Be Released

November 17, 2015  | 

State investigators looking into the fatal police shooting of a Minneapolis man during a scuffle have several partial videos of the incident but won't release them despite demands from protesters, an official said Tuesday, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Jamar ONeal Clark, 24, died Monday evening, a day after he was shot by police during an early-morning dispute, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday.

Some witnesses said Clark was handcuffed when he was shot, which police dispute. His death sparked protests including one Monday night in which hundreds of people blocked traffic on an interstate highway, leading to 42 arrests.

The BCA is investigating the case, but Mayor Betsy Hodges has requested a federal civil rights investigation. That satisfied one of the protesters' demands, but investigators haven't met two others: the release of any video and the identities of the officers involved.

None of the videos capture the entirety of the shooting, said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans. He said none of the videos will be released while the investigation is ongoing because it could taint the probe.

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Percy @ 11/17/2015 2:11 PM

Wow, what a surprise. If they had nothing to hide you would think it would go out immediately.

Robert @ 11/17/2015 3:33 PM

The bigger issue to me is this: The shooting happened this weekend, and yet police have still not talked to the people who did the shooting???
I wonder how many citizens would get 4-5 days to sit at home being paid (and not under arrest) if we shot someone who was unarmed?
How can that possibly be fair or justice?
90% of police confessions are garnered in the first few hours after an investigation...before the guilty person has a chance to make up a story OR feels remorse for what they have done.
Right now the local PBA (or other union) is telling the cop to stick to this mantra:
1. I feared for my life.
2. I had no choice but to shoot.
3. I thought I saw a weapon.
Also, the cop's buddies on the force are telling him what the video that his story can match the video. This assumes he is not allowed to watch the video before giving a statement!!
How many civilians get this type of is time for a change / justice should be applied for all equally.

Leonard @ 11/17/2015 5:20 PM

Are we going to have to wait 2 years before the videos see the light of day? Seems to be standard procedure in cases where the officers look bad. Police departments in Va are notorious for delaying release of video when their officers are shown in a poor light. I hope this isn't the case hear. Frankly, I have many questions about this case, but it wouldn't be the first time a suspect has been shot while handcuff. I would like to give the officers the benefit of the doubt until I see more.

hammerhead @ 11/17/2015 9:25 PM

Robert and Leonard,
You guys think we don't know you are plants, think again. Go back under the liberal rock you crawled out from under.

Everett @ 11/18/2015 6:18 AM

What part of, "Jamar Clark had assaulted his girlfriend", did I not understand?

AJ @ 11/18/2015 7:12 AM

Robert... It's called the fifth amendment. Same as anyone would get. And cops are exercising it more and more because of overzealous prosecutors and politicians with bigger political aspirations.

The officers were still processed just like anyone else. Photographed, GSR'd, etc.. But the fourth and the fifth still apply. Self defense shooters take the fifth all the time until they can consult their attorney. that does not absolve the police of their requirement to satisfy the probable cause standard to make an arrest.

Just because someone doesn't talk doesn't mean they get arrested. Probable cause still has to be articulated.

Stop building your belief structure around copblock internet meme's.

Robert @ 11/18/2015 8:19 AM

AJ, I completely understand your point...but what happens in practice and what happens in theory are completely different.
Can you honestly say, that if a LEO came upon a civilian shooting...where the person shot was not armed and the person who did the shooting did not make a statement (and was not incapacitated)...that the person would not be arrested on the spot? Next that person would be taken to jail, held with either no bond OR an extremely high bond.
In this case, at least some 'witnesses' (whether they are credible or not is a different story)...say the person was not a threat.
Bottom line: here is the probably cause that was needed
1. A homicide was committed (it may later be ruled justified...but that is not the issue at the scene).
2. The person who committed the homicide is known.
3. That person makes no statement.
4. Other witnesses, at the scene, say the homicide was not justified.
That is probable cause for an arrest...100% of civilians would be arrested!

Robert @ 11/18/2015 8:34 AM

Hammerhead...I actually voted for Gary Johnson in the last Presidential election.

The difference between me, and most Neo-cons (and liberals) that I believe in the entire Constitution...not just the parts a specific party feels have merit.
I have no problem with LEO invoking their 5th amendment right to not problem is equal protection. What I have a problem with is when a 'collective bargaining' contract gets in the way of justice (ie wait 3 days to do an interview due to a contract clause)!!
Equal protection applies to all: IF MNPLS has never released a video in police custody of ANY crime that was under investigation...they can keep this video under wraps. What MNPLS should not be allowed to release some police videos, that may show police in a favorable light, but not release videos that don't. You either release all videos, all of the time...or you never release videos.

John retired IA PD @ 11/18/2015 3:44 PM

Releasing a video that shows only a part of what happened could be very detrimental to any investigation. How about getting all the facts before making any judgement. Interesting that some of those on this site, automatically believe that law enforcement is wrong.

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