No Charges Filed Against Two Minneapolis Officers In 24-Year-Old's Death
Protesters swarmed the streets of Minneapolis Wednesday after a prosecutor chose not to press charges against two police officers in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.
Clark was shot and killed by officer Dustin Schwarze in November. According to the prosecutor, Officer Schwarze only shot Clark after another officer got into a physical fight with Clark and took control of the officer's gun.
The prosecutor says the officers acted in self-defense. Clark was African-American, and both of the officers are white.
"There is a tear that has ripped through our community. One that we cannot sew back up. Together as a city and as a people, we can walk through this tear to build what we all want: a city that's safe for everyone," said Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis.
Mayor Hodges has requested a civil rights investigation from the Department of Justice. Clark's family says he was shot after he was handcuffed, but the prosecutor says there's no evidence that's true.