Petition: No Grand Jury #Justice4Jamar

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he will use a grand jury to determine whether to pursue charges against officers who fatally shot 24-year-old Jamar Clark on November 15. Grand juries consistently fail to deliver justice in cases of fatal police shootings. In grand juries, prosecutors often rely on evidence gained solely from police. Moreover, the process is extremely secretive: the prosecutor and the grand jury members may not reveal what occurred in the grand jury room to the public, including any evidence or videos presented.

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Since 2000, 141 Minnesotans have been killed by police. Grand juries have returned indictments in zero of these cases. While Mike Freeman insists grand juries have been a part of Minnesota’s justice system for 35 years, this is exactly the reason to eliminate their use in cases of fatal police encounters. The criminal justice system has been purposefully failing people of color for centuries. It is time to change our approach.

Grand juries are neither effective nor required by law. California recently became the first state to ban grand juries in cases of deadly force by police. Recently, the city of Baltimore directly indicted police officers in the death of Freddie Gray without resorting to a grand jury process. A special prosecutor can and should decide whether to pursue charges directly, without obstructing justice via a grand jury.

We call on County Attorney Mike Freeman to appoint a special prosecutor from a county demographically similar to Hennepin County, and forego the grand jury process.

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  • signed 2016-03-13 16:16:24 -0500
  • signed 2016-02-29 15:20:59 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-26 09:32:54 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-24 21:39:23 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-24 15:25:22 -0600
    Not asking for a conviction, don’t know enough about the case. But this needs it’s day in a real court, where we can get the justice our democratic system entended.
  • signed 2016-02-24 14:08:10 -0600
    Neely Heubach
  • signed 2016-02-24 10:48:14 -0600
    No grand jury! Appoint a special prosecutor from a county demographically similar to Hennepin County, and forego the grand jury process.
  • signed 2016-02-24 08:54:09 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-24 05:02:06 -0600
    Amanda Yoder
  • signed 2016-02-24 04:37:20 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-24 04:13:36 -0600
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  • signed 2016-02-23 23:39:04 -0600
  • signed via 2016-02-23 23:34:46 -0600
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-23 23:12:37 -0600
    Sign the petition: No Grand Jury #Justice4Jamar #4thPrecinctShutDown via @mnnoc
  • signed 2016-02-23 23:12:00 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-23 22:29:52 -0600
    Emily Torgrimson
  • signed 2016-02-23 22:13:00 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-23 21:14:12 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-23 21:12:32 -0600
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-23 20:47:32 -0600
    Sign the petition: No Grand Jury #Justice4Jamar #4thPrecinctShutDown via @mnnoc
  • signed 2016-02-23 20:47:04 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-23 20:43:30 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-23 20:08:19 -0600
    Thank you for organizing. I cannot give more than my name and signature. Please help that justice is done for Jamar.
  • signed 2016-02-23 19:18:52 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-23 19:16:36 -0600
    No grand jury. Treat this like any other murder. Let’s hold police officers to the same standard as other folks – they should not execute civilians. Ever.
  • signed 2016-02-22 21:10:04 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-22 09:15:05 -0600
  • signed 2016-02-21 21:17:52 -0600
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