We are deeply disappointed at today's non-indictment of the police officers who executed Jamar Clark, which sends a clear message that the Minneapolis police may act as judge, jury, and executioner in interactions with unarmed black men.
County Attorney Mike Freeman's account of his refusal to charge officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze relies heavily on the testimony of officers Ringgenberg and Schwarze themselves, taking their testimony as gospel truth; disregards witness testimony, inconsistencies within the police account, and video evidence of police aggression; and uses dog-whistle language to describe the officers' fear of a 24-year-old black man.
This Wednesday, in a historic decision, County Attorney Mike Freeman listened to our community and moved toward transparency and accountability by deciding not to use a grand jury in the Jamar Clark case in Minneapolis. Further, his statement extended into future police shooting cases in the county. This huge win, which is a game-changing step toward a new system of police accountability in Minneapolis and across the country, would not have happened without you.
In December, we launched a petition, participated in marches and vigils, and made many phone calls to end grand juries in police shootings. Here is our statement on Wednesday's announcement:Read more