Police reportedly shot and killed Jamar Clark on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis, which has fueled protests by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter and other organizations. Some witnesses claim that 24-year-old Clark, an African-American, was handcuffed when he was shot (videos below).
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said a preliminary investigation found that the suspect was not handcuffed when he was shot by police, the StarTribune reports.
According to a family member of Clark, the young man was shot "in the head, execution style."
Nekelia Sharp, another witness, told a crowd of protesters:
That young man never struggled. He never resisted. He never got out of line with them. When they cuffed him, they cuffed him hand-and-hand and they slammed that man down. One had his knee in his back, and the other one was standing there. And when that boy looked up, only thing he could say was, "F-you, F-you." and there was the bullet.
According to the NAACP, witness Teto Wilson said Clark “was just laying there. He was not resisting arrest. Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground, an officer maneuvered his body around to shield Jamar’s body, and I heard the shot go off.”
A video reportedly posted by a witness to Facebook shows a woman yelling at police, “Y’all just killed that man!” while other bystanders taunt officers. Several people ended up getting pepper-sprayed by the cops.
Police reportedly responded to a call about a fight between Clark and his girlfriend. Paramedics were taking the girlfriend away when Clark allegedly tried to interfere.
A police statement said that the suspect “had returned to the area and was confronting paramedics and disrupting their ability to render aid," and police tried to calm the suspect “who was not in handcuffs."
“At some point during the struggle, an officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect,” according to the statement.
Protests continued on Nov. 16 outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct, KTSP reports.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the shooting, but protesters want another agency to do it. They also want the community to have the power to discipline officers and the police to release any videos of the incident, and they called for all police to live in the city.
The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting.
Black Lives Matter organizers held a press conference on Nov. 16, but allegedly would not allow KSTP to cover the event.