Man Shot at U.S. Capitol Building Gunman in Custody
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 30, 2016
The Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark will not be charged in his death, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a press conference that the two police officers' use of force was justified because Clark was reaching for one of their guns.
Freeman maintains there is "important corroboration" that Clark was not handcuffed based on forensics evidence finding no DNA inside the handcuffs, no bruises or injuries on Clark’s wrists.
"At the time he was shot, Clark was attempting to gain control of the [officers] firearm," Freeman said.
He described the sequence of events as one officer saying to the other, "He's got my gun," during a struggle with Clark. Following this, the officer reported that Clark said, "I'm ready to die," before he was shot.
Clark had a blood alcohol level of 0.09 & THC in his system. Freeman said there is a "high bar" for charging officers in shooting.