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 2015-12-28 19:43:37 -0600
  • signed 2015-12-28 19:36:50 -0600
    The Grand Jury system, flawed as it may be, is a useful part of the American Justice system in that it incorporates true community involvement in the justice system. That said, given our hyper media saturated environment, a grand jury system is a poor judicial choice when deciding justice for possibly controversial issues such as police corruption. Being able to make measured decisions in a charged political environment is not a strength of the Grand Jury, in fact, it is this type of educated juror that is weeded out of the Grand Jury process. In my opinion, justice in charged political instances such as a police killing is best left to educated special prosecutors. I believe that those who are truly experts in law are the ones that are able to overcome their own bias and the default biases of society to impart a decision that is truly just, even if it may be unpopular.
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    Sign the petition: No Grand Jury #Justice4Jamar #4thPrecinctShutDown via @mnnoc
  • @iquischnox tweeted link to this page. 2015-12-28 17:12:57 -0600
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    Our justice system has proven time and time again that it is not willing to provide justice to people of color—especially African-Americans. We must do what we can to end this travesty.
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