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Officers Named in Minneapolis OIS, Union Says Shooting was Result of Gun Grab

November 19, 2015  | 

Minneapolis officers use pepper spray on protesters outside of police station. (Photo: Minneapolis Star-Tribune video screenshot)
Minneapolis officers use pepper spray on protesters outside of police station. (Photo: Minneapolis Star-Tribune video screenshot)

Authorities named the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark as protests roiled the city for a fourth day Wednesday and officers set up barricades at a north Minneapolis police precinct headquarters where hundreds of protesters were still on hand late into the night.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) identified the officers as Mark Ringgenberg, 30, and Dustin Schwarze, 28. Each has seven years policing experience, including the last 13 months with Minneapolis.

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the police union, said the shooting happened after Clark allegedly tried to grab one of the officer’s guns when they responded to a paramedic’s 911 call for help early Sunday morning and scuffled with Clark. An autopsy said Clark died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Police Chief Janeé Harteau declined to discuss the assertion at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, but defended her order to break up protesters camped outside the department’s Fourth Precinct for safety reasons, the Star Tribune reports.

Tension remained high around the building late into the night, with police releasing pepper spray on at least two occasions to push crowds back. Police were spotted on the building’s roof on and off throughout the evening.

Comments (11)

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kevCopAz @ 11/19/2015 4:40 PM

Does the truth really matter? If this is the truth, which I have zero reason to believe it is not, the officers will still lose their careers either thru a department that trows them under the bus, or a justice system, (Federal) that will hunt them down on trumped up charges or simply by making it so difficult to stay police that they quit for their family and their own safety. These anti police folk never look at facts, oh Im wrong they look at one fact, the race of the offender!. This will be more Black Lives Matter B.S. If he grabbed for the gun, he got the right end of it, the barrel. Good for him.

John retired IA PD @ 11/19/2015 6:14 PM

I certainly hope that the matter is investigated professionally, rather than politically. If the suspect was fighting for an officers gun, then he alone is responsible for his death. Sounds like, from this article, that paramedics were already having problems with people on scene and called the police for help. Wouldn't it be nice if all those protesters worked as hard at preventing crime, as they do to cause civil unrest?

Robert @ 11/19/2015 11:16 PM

Always good to know the union gets the facts (if true), before the public
If the leo involved has chosen to tell the union what happened....and the union goes public (in an attempt to sway public opinion)...then in my mind the videos should be released... Or place a gag order on all parties to the case.

1. The shooting may be justified...but it is not deserved. No jury has ever imposed the death penalty for grabbing a weapon.
2. To say "good for him"...truly shows what an angry and horrible person you are. The guy was not hitler or some mass murderer; he was probably making poor decisions in a domestic situation. He probably deserved to be arrested and jailed...but not killed. Contempt of cop is not a capital offense.
3. I am very thankful you no longer carry a gun and badge on active duty.

I don't know who has more hate...the BLM crowd or retired LE crowd!

RB @ 11/20/2015 1:38 AM

So let me see in supposed to let him grab my gun then see what happens next, not hardly my friend. Your grabbing my gun for a reason to do me harm not to lock it up and secure it. When you made that decision to try and grab my gun you signed a waiver stating that whatever happens next is on you. Nuff said.

tpdblu @ 11/20/2015 1:56 AM

RB I totally agree with your comment....

NexusOne @ 11/20/2015 4:35 AM

@Robert: Whether something is "deserved" or does not hinge on anything to do with what a jury has ever handed down as a sentence. In real life there are consequences that are both justified AND deserved for actions. Example: A purse snatcher gets chased down and beaten by an angry husband. Any person of rational disposition would rightly deem that beating as something the criminal deserves, regardless of the fact that no jury has ever handed out a beating by a relative of a victim as a punishment for a crime. As far as your second "point": Attempting to violently wrest control of a police officer's firearm far exceeds that parameter of behaviors that could be labeled "contempt of cop". You need to grow up, stat.

S.S. @ 11/20/2015 5:52 AM

Robert definately is not law enforcement or ever have been. If it is true that he did grab the officer's gun, then yes it is a deadly force situation. What do you think the offender is trying to do? Well he's not gonna run away with it. He's not gonna give it back to the officer nicely. His intentions are to kill the officer. I can't believe that he's got other intentions if he does take it from the officer. If someone went after my gun.....well all bets are off! He's done!Im gonna go back to my family. Robert please get off the site. You are way too naive and ignorant to understand what's going on.

kjh104 @ 11/20/2015 7:01 AM

I work in Minnesota, and have been following this on the news. "Police clash with protestors" is the headline. They are trying to take back the 4th precinct. Even when the truth comes out, the black lives matter group won't believe it?

S.S. @ 11/20/2015 7:49 AM

b.l.m. doesn't want the truth! They never did. these people still hold m.b. to be some martyr, and hero. He was a bully, thug, and a thief. He then attempted to take an officer's gun and for that he was killed. Good riddance cause his family is just the same. Nothing but a bunch of scumbags. You ask half of b.l.m. and they cannot tell you what their purpose is.

TBOW426 @ 11/20/2015 9:53 AM

Way back in the dinosaur days when I was in the academy, one of my instructors drilled us daily with "there is ALWAYS one firearm present in any encounter with the public so hang onto it. A few years after we graduated one of my friends was shot and killed with his own weapon on the side of a two lane highway. Still unsolved. Grab my weapon and the consequences is on you. I know I am not the biggest, baddest or strongest out there so I know my weapon can be taken. I will shoot in order to go home.

Robert @ 11/20/2015 11:40 AM

NexusOne: The husband in your case would probably face an assault charge..the jury may not convict (that is why we have the system)....but I bet an arrest or indictment would happen. IF there is no threat, you cannot beat someone for stealing.

Did the suspect try and grab the gun with his head, because that is where he was shot. Was there a bullet hole through his hand? Was there GSR on the guys hand?
This board has already decided that the victim "was violently trying to grab the gun"...IF this is true, then the shooting was probably justified.
My issue with this shooting, is you get one side of the story (from the police union (who is biased). If you cannot understand why the citizens of the country are starting to loose faith in the system, you have not been watching the news.
Bottom line, LEO has been caught lying and embellishing the truth...and the video evidence is showing...and that is causing the backlash.
That loss of trust will take years to repair...if ever

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