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Riots for Civil Rights:Minneapolis protesters demand video of police shooting, which may not exist

Minneapolis protesters demand video of police shooting, which may not exist.


The head of the Minneapolis NAACP on Thursday joined protesters in demanding that authorities release videos of an altercation earlier this week in which a police officer shot an unarmed black man to death.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, said there have been "so many false narratives
spun by the Minneapolis Police Department as to what has happened."


"Enough is enough," she told about 75 protesters and members of the media at
a news conference outside the police precinct near where Jamar Clark, 24, was shot early Sunday. Clark is the latest in a series of unarmed black people to be killed at the hands of police in the United States in the past several years, fuelling protests nationwide.


Community activists have said Clark was unarmed and claim he was handcuffed
when he was shot shortly during an altercation with two police officers.


On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety identified the officers involved but did not reveal their races. Both are on administrative leave during the investigation.

"We're demanding release of the tapes," Levy-Pounds said. "We're demanding reform of the police department and we are demanding justice for Jamar Clark right now."

Authorities have said there was no video of the shooting from police dashboard or body cameras, but investigators are reviewing video from business and security cameras in the area. They also are checking witnesses' cell phones but said none of those videos captured the entire incident.

Bob Kroll, president of the union representing Minneapolis police officers, said at a Thursday news conference that Clark had grabbed one of the officers' guns during the melee, although the weapon remained in its holster. Kroll has previously said that Clark was not handcuffed during the struggle.

"This event should have been a peaceful encounter. It was the actions and choices only of Mr. Clark alone that determined its outcome," he said. "The officers' actions are going to prove to be justified."

Frederic Bruno, an attorney representing one of the officers involved in the incident, said in a written statement that Clark had prior convictions for robbery and making criminal threats.

Killings by Police-Minneapolis


At the 4th Precinct in North Minneapolis, protesters demanded answers over the death of Jamar Clark who was shot and killed by police. Civil rights leaders appealed Thursday for Minneapolis police to exercise restraint but the head of the police union said officers should get tougher with protesters after a night of tense confrontations. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Protesters have set up a camp, including more than 12 tents and half a dozen campfires, in front of the police precinct building near the shooting site in north Minneapolis. A sign near the building reads "Justice4Jamar."

About 200 demonstrators on Thursday were chanting, singing and holding signs near the building, while several officers, in their regular uniforms, watched from the front of the precinct. Tensions rose later in the evening, when several protesters spray painted on the side of the building and police fired rubber bullets at a small group.

Drew Evans, superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension,
which is investigating Clark's death, has said Clark was unarmed and the BCA was
still trying to determine whether he was handcuffed.


According to the BCA, the police officers had responded to a request for assistance from paramedics who reported that someone was interfering as they tried to help an assault victim.

The BCA said Clark, who died on Monday night at a hospital, was a suspect in the assault and had an altercation with the officers before one of them shot him. 
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