In Minneapolis, distrust flares after officers cleared

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Activists from Minneapolis’ black community spent four months demanding the release of videos and other evidence after a black man was fatally shot in a confrontation with two white police officers. When it finally was made public and a prosecutor announced the officers wouldn’t be charged, they were enraged.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Wednesday cleared the officers. He said forensic evidence backed their account that 24-year-old Jamar Clark was not handcuffed, as some bystanders had said, and was struggling for an officer’s gun when he was shot.

But Freeman’s detailed summary of the case drew scorn from activists who accused him of favoring authorities over citizen accounts.

Activists promised to continue protesting.

A federal investigation is pending into whether the officers violated Clark’s civil rights.