The Latest: Relatives cried during prosecutor’s announcement


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the decision to not charge Minneapolis officers in the death of Jamar Clark (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A Minneapolis prosecutor’s graphic description of the police shooting of a 24-year-old black man has brought some relatives of the victim to tears.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman spent more than an hour laying out evidence in the death of Jamar Clark last November. Clark died in a confrontation with two officers who had been called to an assault in which Clark was a suspect.

Two women who said they were Clark’s sisters sat in the front row at a news conference as Freeman described the shooting itself. They clutched each other’s arms as they listened and softly shook their heads, and when the video evidence was shown, they covered their eyes and cried.

Freeman cleared the officers, saying they were in fear for their lives as Clark was trying to gain control of one officer’s gun.

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11:25 a.m.

A Minneapolis prosecutor says he relied heavily on forensic evidence to determine that a 24-year-old man was not handcuffed when he was shot by police in November.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Wednesday cleared two officers in the death of Jamar Clark. Some bystanders said that Clark, a black man, was handcuffed when he was shot and his death set off weeks of protests.

Freeman said that 10 paramedic or law enforcement witnesses testified that Clark wasn’t handcuffed.

The two officers testified they were unable to handcuff him, and Freeman says the witnesses who said Clark was handcuffed gave differing accounts.

Freeman says physical exams found no evidence of bruising on Clark’s wrists consistent with being handcuffed. He also said traces of Clark’s DNA found on the grip of one officer’s gun supported the contention that he was not handcuffed.

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11:10 a.m.

Two Minneapolis police officers will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a black man last November.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced his decision not to charge Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze (schwart-ZEE’) in the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Wednesday. Ringgenberg is white; Schwarze’s race has not been released.

Clark was shot by police Nov. 15 during what authorities called a struggle. But some people who say they saw the shooting have said Clark wasn’t struggling and was handcuffed. Clark died a day later.

Clark’s shooting prompted protests in Minneapolis, including an 18-day encampment outside a north side police precinct.

Earlier this month, Freeman announced he wouldn’t call a grand jury to decide whether the officers should be charged. Public skepticism over grand juries, whose work is secret, grew after officers in three high-profile shootings of blacks weren’t indicted recently.

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10:45 a.m.

A Minneapolis prosecutor says the death of a 24-year-old black man in a confrontation with police in November is not like other police shootings around the country.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said during his news conference about whether two officers should be charged in the death of Jamar Clark. Clark died in what authorities said was a struggle with officers who were responding to a reported assault in which Clark was a suspect.

Freeman says that makes it different than other shootings in which officers might have chosen to use reduced force or chosen to withdraw from a situation. Freeman says the officers in the Minneapolis case didn’t have that option.

Freeman was laying out evidence in the case ahead of announcing his decision.

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9:30 a.m.

Activists in Minneapolis are planning demonstrations to react to an anticipated decision on whether a Minnesota prosecutor will file charges against two officers involved in November’s fatal shooting of a black man.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman will announce Wednesday morning whether he’ll file charges in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was shot by police on Nov. 15 during what authorities called a struggle. Some witnesses said Clark wasn’t struggling and was handcuffed. He died a day later.

Protesters are demanding charges against Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.

The Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar will rally at 5 p.m. near the site of Clark’s shooting on the north side of Minneapolis. The Black Liberation Project and Black Lives Matter Minneapolis are holding a rally at 6 p.m. in Minneapolis’ Elliot Park, on the southeast side of downtown.

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8:15 a.m.

A Minneapolis prosecutor is set to announce whether two police officers will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black man last November.

Spokesman Chuck Laszewski says Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman plans to announce his decision in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Clark was shot Nov. 15 during what authorities called a struggle with Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. But some people who say they saw the shooting have said Clark wasn’t struggling and was handcuffed. He died a day later.

Clark’s shooting prompted protests in Minneapolis, including an 18-day encampment outside a north side police precinct.

Freeman first planned to use a grand jury to decide on charges, but earlier this month announced he would make the decision himself.