Jamar Clark had beaten a woman to the point that she had been stabilized and was loaded in an ambulance by the time
two Minneapolis Police Department officers arrived at the scene. Clark was still actively trying to get into the ambulance to cause the woman more harm when officers approached and tried to take him into custody.
Clark then went for one of the officer’s guns, and they fought to control it while it was still in the holster. The other officer pulled his weapon and stuck it in Clark’s face, warning that if he did not let go of the weapon, that he would be forced to fire.
Clark dared the office rot shoot and refused to stop struggling for the other officer’s weapon. That was a bad dare. Clark ate a bullet, and died at the scene.
The mob around the scene then crafted a “hands up, don’t shoot” lie that officers killed Clark while he was handcuffed (a false claim; he was cuffed after being shot, which is standard procedure), and the domestic terrorists of Black Lives Matter rioted, based upon lies.
The two officers involved in the shooting were cleared of acting lawfully by both state and federal investigations, and have now been judged to have followed department policy as well.
Two Minneapolis police officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November, and won’t face discipline, the city’s police chief announced.
Chief Janee Harteau said Friday that an internal investigation found the officers were warranted in using deadly force in the death of the 24-year-old black man.
Clark was shot in the head on Nov. 15 in a confrontation with Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze on the city’s north side. His death set off protests that lasted several weeks, including an 18-day encampment around the area’s police precinct.
A local prosecutor and the U.S. attorney both declined earlier to charge the officers — both white — in Clark’s death, citing conflicting testimony from witnesses.
“These officers did not dictate the outcome of this incident,” Harteau said. “I can say with absolute certainty that I support the actions of Officers Ringgenberg and Schwarze the night of Nov. 15.”
Some witnesses told police that Clark was handcuffed at the time.
But an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that the officers had tried and failed to handcuff Clark, and he was shot in the ensuing confrontation after one of the officers shouted that Clark had his hand on the officer’s gun.
Investigators said Ringgenberg wrestled Clark to the ground but wound up on his back atop Clark and felt Clark’s hand on his weapon. Schwarze then shot Clark in an encounter that lasted barely a minute.
An attorney for Clark’s family said they were anguished and frustrated by the decision.
There are officer involved shootings that are clearly bad, officer-involved shootings where you can understand the officer’s point of view and understand how he he could make a wrong decision, officer-involved shootings that are ambiguous, and officer-involved shootings where the officer’s were more than likely right.
Then there are incidents like the Jamar Clark shooting, where no sane person with a hint of rationality can think that the officer’s did anything wrong.
Jamar Clark was a violent woman-beating thug attempting to continue his assault on an seriously injured woman when officers arrived, and then he tried to fight officers for a gun.
Even then he was given an opportunity to surrender peacefully, but instead tried to keep fighting to get the officer’s gun.
Jamar Clark deserved to be shot.