Neutral Perspective: Minneapolis Police Department & James Clark Case at Fault?

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Timeline Of Events In The Jamar Clark Case
November 19, 2015 6:50 PM By Rachel Slavik minnesota.cbslocal.com
“MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — This is the fifth day that protesters have made their presence known outside Minneapolis Police’s 4th Precinct building.

Demonstrators have taken their message to the streets and faced arrest, while investigators figure out what led to the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.

Related: Jamar Clark Shooting: 4 Things To Know

Below is a look back at all of the events so far.
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Law Enforcement Side:

Jamar Clark shooting: Videos don’t show complete incident, police say By Doug Criss, Dave Alsup and Steve Almasy, CNN Updated 9:16 PM ET, Tue November 17, 2015 CNN.com
“..Evans said it would be weeks before the videos are disclosed publicly. Authorities don’t want to influence potential witnesses, he said.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, John Elder, said Clark was shot by one officer during a struggle with police.

Evans said investigators found handcuffs at the scene and are trying to determine whether Clark was wearing them at the time he was shot.

Police have said Clark was not handcuffed when he was shot, but protesters have disputed that.

The FBI is investigating the case.
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Union: Clark shot while trying to take officer’s gun,
BCA ID’s officers involved in Clark shooting
KARE 11 Staff, KARE 6:54 p.m. EST November 18, 2015 kare11.com
“..MINNEAPOLIS – The President of the Minneapolis Police Union says the man shot and killed by officers Sunday was trying to take one of their weapons.

Lt. Bob Kroll, President of the Minneapolis Police Federation, told KARE 11’s Lou Raguse Wednesday afternoon that Jamar Clark was trying to disarm one of the officers during a physical altercation after squads responded to reports of a domestic assault.

Kroll says handcuffs were never put on Clark, and emphasizes that his officers, identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, have no disciplinary incidents on their records while Clark has a history of convictions, some of them violent.
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Police union: Jamar Clark went for cop’s gun, wasn’t cuffed By: Rachel Chazin Posted:Nov 18 2015 03:19PM CST fox9.com
“…Thursday afternoon, the Police Federation doubled-down, once again emphasizing their stance that Jamar Clark seized control of an officer’s gun and engaged in a “life-or-death struggle for an officer’s weapon.”..”

Jamar Clark Video: Shooting Videos Exist, But Won’t Yet Be … inquisitr.com

-Anti-Supporters

Armed white supremacists threaten protesters at 4th precinct shutdown

By Susan Du

Friday, November 20, 2015 | 1 day ago citypages.com
“…Thursday night, two guys wearing camo with their faces covered arrived at the precinct to film. They went up to a livestreamer with Unicorn Riot and stated they were curious about how the protest was going.

“I don’t know if this is what [protesters] were planning, just standing here,” one of the white supremacists said. “It’s almost as if they expect one of us to do something. They expect one of us to be in the wreckage of all this. It’s boiling. It’s going to be happening soon.”
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Later, Black Lives Matter discovered a video that the two men filmed en route to the 4th precinct from Uptown. It shows one brandishing a gun. “We’re gonna go see what these fucking dindus are up to,” he said. “We’re going to knock this shit out… a little reverse-cultural enriching. Let the fire rise.”

Thankfully, that bravado didn’t translate into action once they got to the protest. The guys and other cyber anons have been posting on their own thread that they might return Friday night in larger numbers, however, packing to agitate what they’ve termed the “chimpout.”

Police spokesman Scott Seroka says that MPD is aware of the threat to protesters.

“The Minneapolis Police Department has received information that a group may attempt to cause a disturbance this evening in front of the Police Department’s 4th Precinct,” he wrote in a statement. “We are asking gathered demonstrators to be vigilant and report any actions that may seem out of the ordinary. If anyone notices something suspicious, please contact a nearby officer or call 9-1-1. A physical description, clothing description, and/or vehicle description is helpful. Also, please report any ‘out of the ordinary’ actions you have observed.”

Earlier this week, some protesters were also criticized for fueling tensions by throwing bricks and Molotov cocktails, spraying mace, and challenging cops to shoot at them. Black Lives Matter organizers worked to de-escalate potential violence by linking arms and using their bodies to cordon upset protesters off from police.

“We understand the frustration of community members who may take actions not sanctioned by our group; this is a time of grief and rage and we remain committed to nonviolent direct action,” BLM said in a statement. “As has always been the case, our members remained committed to peaceful protest even in the face of growing escalation.”

Five people were shot near Black Lives Matter protest site m.startribune.com
“.Five protesters were shot late Monday night near the Black Lives Matter encampment at the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis, according to police.

Those who were shot sustained non-life-threatening injuries, said police spokesman John Elder in a statement.

Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter, said “a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights.”

One of the three men wore a mask, said Dana Jaehnert, who had been at the protest site since early evening.

When about a dozen protesters attempted to herd the group away from the area, Noor said, they “opened fire on about six protesters,” hitting five of them. Jaehnert said she heard four gunshots…”
wcco-talks-with-protest-shooting-suspects-father/Minnesota.cbslocal.com

Minnesota NAACP leader shocks CNN: Police are ‘behind’ the Black Lives Matter shooting DAVID EDWARDS
24 NOV 2015 AT 15:52 ET rawstory.com
” Raeisha Williams, communications chair of the Minneapolis NAACP, told CNN that members of law enforcement were “behind” the Monday night shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters.

During an interview on Tuesday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Williams to react to breaking news that two men had been arrested in connection to shootings that injured at least five people who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark.

“We’re hearing two [arrests] at this time,” Williams explained. “But we don’t necessarily trust that. We know that the police department is behind this, this is our personal belief after receiving witness accounts.”

“Wait, wait, wait,” Baldwin interrupted. “You said you believe the police department is behind what?”

“We believe the police department is facilitating the injustice, bullying the protesters,” Williams replied. “And we also believe that they’re involved in this shooting. We know from blackboards and chat rooms and also videos that we have posted on our website that police that are from different counties, police from different districts have come down to entice the protesters, have come down to bully the protesters.”

Baldwin, who was broadcasting from Paris, noted that Williams had made “serious allegations” on national television.

“And we are standing behind it, we do not back down from these allegations,” Williams insisted.

“Where is your evidence that they were involved in the shooting?” Baldwin pressed.

According to Williams, police were “lurking” near the shooting and then refused to provide help to the injured protesters.

“This is what you’ve been wanting,” she recalled one of the officers saying.

“It took 15 minutes for the police to even arrive and shortly after that, they began to Mace the crowd,” Williams said. “So if you’re not part of the problem, if this is not something you’re trying to cover up, why would you not attend to victims who paid for your salaries?”

Williams said that her group had “video evidence of an undercover cop getting into an unmarked car.”

“We believe — and we stand behind our belief — that the Minneapolis Police Department is not protecting us and therefore they stand with racist white supremacists who want to destroy a peaceful movement,” she concluded.

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Nov. 24, 2015.”

NEUTRAL

Governor: Jamar Clark shooting video doesn’t confirm either side’s story Posted:Nov 23 2015 12:57PM CST fox9.com

Jamar Clark Side

-Who is Jamar?

Family of Jamar Clark said he Tried to Escape Troubled Past Updated: 11/20/2015 4:34 PM kstp.com
“..Family members and friends say the 24-year-old was on the right track in the months leading up to the shooting early Sunday. He cared deeply about his parents – biological and adoptive – and his 14 siblings, and had a job and hopes of going to college.

But police union representatives point to Clark’s criminal history as proof that he was a bad actor, and they contend he was reaching for an officer’s gun when he was shot. Beyond the domestic assault call alleging Clark had hurt his girlfriend that brought police to the north Minneapolis neighborhood, he spent three years in and out of prison for a robbery conviction. More recently, he was on probation for threatening to burn down an ex-girlfriend’s house after a bitter break-up and was awaiting trial for a July arrest for fleeing police in a high-speed chase.

Black Lives Matter protesters outside the police precinct insist Clark was handcuffed before he was shot, which police dispute. His death laid bare the tension between Minneapolis’ black community and law enforcement and, the protesters say, exposed deeply embedded societal problems that made Clark’s history impossible to move past.

“None of our children deserve to be shot and killed, and then talked about like they are animals,” said Bettie Smith, who joined protesters Monday to discuss her son’s death in a 2008 officer-involved shooting.

Amid federal and state investigations into Clark’s death, several family members declined to talk with The Associated Press and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. Wilma and James Clark, who adopted Jamar Clark when he was 4, acknowledged his legal trouble in an interview with MPR News but said he was fixing it.

“He was trying to do right. He was trying to turn his life around,” James Clark said.

Clark spent much of his 20s in and out of prison, serving a three-year sentence for a first-degree robbery conviction in 2010. He had been convicted of a petty misdemeanor for possessing a small amount of marijuana in 2009.

In a letter on behalf of one of the officers involved in the shooting, an attorney and Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll listed some of his past crimes, saying Clark was “not a peaceful, law-abiding citizen.”

But when Tim Hoag and his wife hired Clark earlier this year – first to help out with painting and cleanup at their rental homes, then at Hoag’s moving and trucking company – Hoag said they found an energetic yet polite young man, a hard and trustworthy worker with a bright personality and a “million-dollar smile.”

Hoag also saw that Clark couldn’t escape the trouble from his past: the familiar signs of a felon recently released from prison, struggling to get his footing. At times he couldn’t afford bus fare for work and struggled with stable housing. Hoag put him up at a motel for a few days to help out, and gave him as many hours of work at Copeland Trucking as he could, helping in the warehouse or on moves.

Clark was ashamed of his past, he said. Hoag was sure he could move past it, maybe to become a full-time truck driver for the company.

“Jamar was a troubled youth that was put into the correction system. The system failed miserably,” Hoag said. “He didn’t know what he wanted to do. He needed to earn money,”

Tiffany Truitt saw two sides of Clark in the few months last winter they dated. When things were going well, he was a nurturing, loving man who was drawn to her four children, giving them advice and helping them sell candy for school.

“He was always talking about family. He wanted a family,” Truitt said. “He cared about his family being connected with each other. He cared about having somebody care about him.”

But when their relationship soured, she saw a man who snapped while gathering his things from her house after the breakup. He threw a brick through Truitt’s window and threatened to burn her apartment unit down – leaving behind a trail of lighter fluid to prove it, according to court documents. Clark pleaded guilty to terroristic threats for the March incident, getting a probation sentence and an order not to contact Truitt.

Despite the order, Clark eventually reached out through Facebook to apologize – and Truitt accepted. He was going to sign up for community college, he told her.

He had a good heart but he didn’t have the structure to be the person he wanted to be, Truitt said.

“He was trying to learn,” she said. “He was looking for direction.”

As pictures of Clark circulated online after his death, Hoag saw Clark’s sly grin in a selfie, wearing his Copeland Trucking hat. Hoag let out a sigh pierced with pain.

“It makes me feel like a failure,” he said of that photo. “I’m sitting here wishing I had done more. I wish I had made one more phone call. I wish we would have been able to give him a few more hours.”

-Supporters

Union Members To Rally With 4th Precinct Protesters
November 21, 2015 10:56 AM minnesota.cbslocal.com
“…Some of the local unions brought breakfast to protesters Saturday morning, and they will join in a solidarity rally at noon.

Related: MPD Chief, Union Head Spar Over 4th Precinct Protests On WCCO Radio

A few hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil and prayer Friday night. All races and ages turned up looking for answers, change and to pray.

Cornell William Brooks, the head of the national NAACP, spoke about last weekend’s shooting, but he also had a message of peace for the protesters.
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Related News

Chicago charges officer in black teen’s death, releases video of shooting
Reuters By Mary Wisniewski and P.J. Huffstutter
2 minutes ago (11.24.15) By Mary Wisniewski and P.J. Huffstutter news.yahoo.com
“CHICAGO (Reuters) – A white Chicago policeman who fatally shot a black teenager was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours before authorities released a long-awaited video that shows the youth walking away from officers as he is slain by a volley of 16 gunshots…”
chicago-protests-after-dashcam- yahoo.com
burger-king-manager-says-chicago-cops-deleted-surveille- from gawker.com

-Movie

Mississippi Burning (1/10) Movie CLIP – We Into It Now, Boys (1988) HD

What can “we” do as a community about this? Once they released the tapes, what would our reaction be..peacefully? Any other sources (e.g. websites) that would support any of the sides-content above? Feel free to share below…thanks and may you continue to pray for peace!

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