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DOJ Lawyers Sent to Minneapolis to Investigate Police Shooting That Sparked Protests

November 23, 2015  | 

Attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice are in Minneapolis to investigate the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15 by police. Police say Clark was a suspect in a domestic assault and was shot after interfering with paramedics who were trying to provide first aid to the victim. The police union has said Clark was attempting to grab an officer's gun.

The key issue during the DOJ visit will be whether police should release videos of the shooting to the public. 

Federal and state authorities have thus far resisted releasing the footage. Cameras from an ambulance, mobile police camera, public housing cameras and cell phone footage caught the shooting. However, police say none of the videos show the full incident and that releasing them could compromise the investigation. 

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has asked Clark's family and representatives from Black Lives Matter to meet with the federal lawyers, the Associated Press reports.

Black Lives Matter and other anti-police activist have been holding sometimes violent protests outside of a Minneapolis Police station since last week.

Comments (6)

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John retired IA PD @ 11/23/2015 7:59 PM

Nothing should be released until the investigation is complete. Violent protest do not promote harmony and trust.

Percy @ 11/23/2015 10:44 PM

Yes, we should only be getting info from the union and lawyers representing the shooters.

Rede2hike @ 11/24/2015 12:37 AM

Have we not learned an thing in the last year...let's finish the investigations first before releasing anything, duh!

S.S. @ 11/24/2015 5:55 AM

Stand firm on your decision and wait for the investigation to be complete. b.l.m are nothing but a bunch of home grown terrorists, and are there only to cause trouble to the public.

Brian @ 11/24/2015 7:52 AM

You all need to remember the DOJ works for the Racist-In-Chief. Nothing will be ever be done the correct way.

Chuck @ 12/24/2015 7:33 AM

These people need to start being treated as the TERRORISTS they are. I am sick and tired of the bleeding heart for the SCUM of the land and all the criminal activity they represent. It is time to stand for what it TRUE and what is RIGHT.....not the LIES of BLM.

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