Jamar Clark: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jamar Clark was shot by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparking protests. (Kenya McKnight)

Protesters have gathered in Minneapolis after an unarmed man was shot by police early in the morning of November 15 . Witnesses say the man was already handcuffed when he was shot by an officer, but police say he was not cuffed.

The local chapter of the NAACP identified the victim as Jamar Clark. He was shot at the intersection of James and Plymouth avenues at about 1 a.m.

Clark, 24, died a day later after he was taken off life support.

The officers have been identified as Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, who have both been with the department for 13 months.

Police told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Clark was suspected in an assault, and was interfering with emergency workers trying to provide aid to a victim. He was shot during a physical struggle, police said. The police union says Clark was shot after he tried to take a gun from one of the officers, KARE reports.

But witnesses say Clark was not resisting arrest and was laying on the ground when he was shot, according to the NAACP.

Police said the investigation, being led by a state police agency, is still ongoing, and could take two to four months. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a press conference Monday she has asked the federal Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to also investigate the shooting.

On November 23, a group of white men opened fire on protesters about a block away from the 4th Police Precinct, where Black Lives Matter and other activists had been camping for more than a week, demanding action in the Clark shooting. Five protesters were shot, but are expected to survive. Police have arrested one suspect, who has not been named, and are searching for at least two others.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Witnesses Say Clark Was Handcuffed When Police Shot Him in the Head ‘Execution Style’

The incident began early Sunday morning when police were called to James and Plymouth avenues in Minneapolis for a report of a domestic dispute involving Jamar Clark and his girlfriend.

Police say Clark was interfering as EMTs tried to get his girlfriend into an ambulance, and a struggle then began. During that struggle, according to police, Clark was shot by an officer.

Witnesses say Clark was handcuffed and knocked to the ground before he was shot, the NAACP says. Police have denied claims that Clark was handcuffed before the shooting, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

A video (watch it above) shows the aftermath of the shooting, as a crowd shouted at the police, with one person saying, “y’all just killed that man.”

According to police scanner audio, there was a large crowd at the scene before the shooting occurred.

You can listen to the police radio audio here:

Teto Wilson, a witness, was quoted by the NAACP as saying, Clark “was just laying there. He was not resisting arrest. Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground, an officer maneuvered his body around to shield Jamar’s body, and I heard the shot go off.”

A family member says Clark was shot in the head “execution style,” the Star-Tribune reports.

“Every witness account I heard said he was handcuffed. Every witness account. Put a knee on him and shot in the head. That’s the account I’ve heard from young people, older people, etc,” said Jason Sole, criminal justice chair for the Minneapolis NAACP, told KARE-TV.

Police have released few details about the shooting, saying the investigation is still ongoing.

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2. Clark Was Taken to the Hospital & Was on Life Support Until Monday Evening

Police said Clark was taken to a local hospital where he was placed on life support until Monday evening.

Relatives, including Clark’s sisters, gathered at Hennepin County Medical Center, in the seventh-floor intensive-care unit Sunday afternoon. They told the Star-Tribune a physician told them Clark was brain dead when he arrived.

“From witness accounts, Jamar Clark was handcuffed and then shot in the head in front of dozens of witnesses,” Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds said Monday morning, according to City Pages. “Police essentially threw a corpse in the back of an ambulance, and put him on life support at the hospital. They pulled guns on witnesses and sprayed them with mace. They waited 45 minutes before asking people what had happened there. This is one of the worst examples of what we’ve seen, recently, with the execution of unarmed black men.”

Family members say Clark was trying to turn his life around and didn’t deserve to be killed, despite past run ins with the law. He was convicted in 2010 on an aggravated robbery charge and was also found guilty of making terroristic threats earlier this year, but was not sentenced to prison, the Associated Press reports.

“He was trying to get his life back together, he was going to work every day. I was dropping him off every day. He worked at the car wash in northeast Minneapolis and he was just getting his life back in order,” Mario Reed, his brother, told the AP.

His father, James Hill, told the Star Tribune, “my son wasn’t a bad kid. … The police don’t care, the mayor don’t care, the police [chief] don’t care, because they’re going to cover up for each other. My son’s got to get a stand somewhere, and I’m here to give him a stand.”

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3. Activists Say ‘White Supremacists’ Shot 5 Protesters a Week After Clark Was Shot

On November 23, police and witnesses say at least three white men shot at a group of Black Lives Matter protesters. Five black men were shot, but all are expected to survive.

Black Lives Matter says “white supremacists,” who had previously threatened the activists, were responsible for the shooting.

The shooting was reported at about 10:40 p.m. Officers said they heard the sound of multiple shots in the area of 1400 Morgan Avenue North, a block away from the 4th Precinct. Dispatchers then received multiple 911 calls reporting five people had been shot in that area, police said.

“A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights,” Miski Noor, a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Noor told the newspaper the protesters tried to get the group away from the area, and the men then “opened fire” on about six demonstrators. The shooting occurred in an alley about a block from the 4th Police Precinct, Noor said.

Protesters first gathered at the intersection where the shooting happened on Sunday, and then marched to the police department’s 4th Precinct in North Minneapolis.. Led by the local NAACP and Black Lives Matter, a group has “taken over” the outside and lobby area of the precinct. Police also gathered at the scene Sunday night.

Protesters have said they are willing to stay at the precinct as long as it takes to get justice and have their demands met.

According to a Facebook post, they are demanding five things. They want to see footage from the incident, they want an independent investigation (not by another police agency), they want the media to cover eye-witness testimony (not just the police’s point of view), they want full community oversight with full disciplinary power and they want officers to live in the communities they serve.

The protesters remained at the precinct on Monday, while others blocked traffic on a nearby highway, according to Fox 9 News.

Police arrested 43 adults and 8 juveniles after 300 protesters blocked I-94, the news station reported.

On Wednesday, police moved in and began breaking down a camp set up by the protesters. Police and the protesters were in a tense standoff Wednesday night.

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4. Two Officers Are on Paid Leave as the Shooting Investigated by a State Agency

Police said the officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, have been placed on paid leave, KARE-TV reports.

The shooting is being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is part of the state Department of Public Safety.

“I want to acknowledge that this is a very difficult situation for everyone involved: For members of our community, members of the Minneapolis Police Department and their families, and for the people that are standing here beside me,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said. “”We need to know exactly what happened. We need to know the truth. Everyone involved needs that and deserves that.”

The local police union said president, Lt. Bob Kroll, told Fox News 9, “We’ve got confidence in the BCA. Our officers are cooperating with the process. We want people to remain calm. Let the investigation be completed. I am confident in the end, our officers actions will be justified.”

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5. It’s Not Known if the Shooting Was Caught on Video

Police said there are no videos that show all of the incident. Video was captured from the Elks Lodge, located near the scene, and a nearby public housing complex, but it is incomplete.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has said it will not release the video while the investigation is ongoing, despite pleas from protesters and Clark’s family for them to do so.

The officers were not wearing body cameras and the shooting was not recorded on dashboard cameras, police said.

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  1. In the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a significant change in the way that the use of force matrix is taught to cadets. They are basically being taught that they can escalate to lethal force in response to next to nothing. Although the media has focused on race, the fact is anyone can be the victim of this lack of training, regardless of race (just look at what happened to John Livingston). These event will continue to occur until the people responsible for training police officers go back to proper use of force training.

  2. Damn near every-damn-time a black hoodlum gets shot and especially killed, family members always state that the hoodlum was turning their life around. Well, if this dude was turning his life around, why was the police AND EMT’s at his residence concerning a domestic dispute between him and his girlfriend? Why did he struggle with the medical team while they were treating his girlfriend? I bet that Jamar didn’t want her going to the hospital because she probably would’ve told them that he beat her up. It wouldn’t surprise me if he struggled with police since he interferred with his girlfriend receiving treatment.

  3. Just wanna know why this country has to pull the racial card on everything…..we are all human. Color shouldnt matter. We just need peace.

  4. You lead with the obvious bullshit statements that he was “executed”. Just like the lies in Ferguson, you propagate bullshit in the hopes of more violence. Fuck you.

  5. … So, why isn’t there more information about what he was doing to his girlfriend? I know it isn’t central to the case that he was shot – possibly wrongly – but, it seems to me that the person who wrote this article deliberately did not go into detail about what he did to his girlfriend – whether he raped her, beat her, or a combination of the two. The police must’ve known what he did to her, and the person who called the police on him obviously knows what he did – and his girlfriend knows what he did. Why isn’t there any commentary from her? She should be allowed to tell people what happened, especially if she was a victim of domestic violence. Anyway, I didn’t bother to watch the videos because I know that incomplete videos and the back and forth between witnesses and police officers aren’t going to provide any facts. Whether this was a black rights issue or not, it almost definitely seems like an issue of domestic violence against a woman, a feminist issue. I wish there was a way to get all of the facts, but there are always rumors floating around these kinds of stories, no matter where you look or which news source you get the story from.

  6. Geez. I’m sorry, but attention Black America, you need BETTER martyrs.

    Yes it is sad that an unarmed man got shot, however, there are extenuating circumstances here that contributed to it. BLM activists need to take a stand against the real issues that lead to these tragedies.

    This is why we have a war on drugs.

  7. Can everyone just take a moment and think about this realistically. In today’s age of video and surveillance do you honestly believe that any cop would handcuff a person (especially an African American one) put there knee in his back and take out a gun and shoot them in the head in front of a crowd of people? Unless these cops were klan members or insane serial killers, that all seems highly unlikely.

  8. Black Lives Matter is Nothing but a Cult…… It is also FUNNY how they protest for someone who is nothing but a THUG and already a known fellon as it turns out. Has anyone seen a pic of Mr Clark?? Yea he looks like a Thug and he has a rap sheet and the word used was “aggravated” in most of his crimes. So he is prone to being aggressive and will cause alot of problems etc…use a gun or knife and fight. Mr Clark was high and violent. He didn’t get shot because he was black, he got shot because he was acting like an idiot. Damn near every-damn-time a black hoodlum gets shot and especially killed, family members always state that the hoodlum was turning their life around. Well, if this dude was turning his life around, why was the police AND EMT’s at his residence concerning a domestic dispute between him and his girlfriend? Why did he struggle with the medical team while they were treating his girlfriend? I bet that Jamar didn’t want her going to the hospital because she probably would’ve told them that he beat her up.
    Hard to feel sorry for these clowns. Black America is really fishing when looking for martyrs and most of there martyrs are nothing but Thugs/criminals/gang bangers etc…
    Maybe if Black Lives Matter protest for someone who REALLY is an innocent person and doesnt have a rap sheet at all and doesnt look like a Thug that belongs in jail then maybe I would care and listen.

  9. Ok so black lives matter then what about the life of the girl who he beat the crap out of. Is the how someone who was turning their life around shows respect, then he tried to block her from getting medical care. How are we suppose to know when a black life matters and when it doesn’t. Yes I saw you protesting and trying to cause chaos for others and this makes me disrespect you now

  10. Clark died a day later after he was taken off life support lol… After Only 0ne Day They Pull The Niqqer 0ff Life Support… So Black Lives Don’t Matter?… LMFAOROLF! ;D

    • My fiancee was shot and brain dead when they came in hospital at 11pm..we said our goodbyes and took him off life support early morning.. Brain dead is Dont get it confused like there is any hope.. Because there’s not. I understand arguments but that is just disrespectful.. Educate yourself before posting anything like this.

  11. Clark was a thug, obviously; police were called to his home because of domestic violence. He interfered with the transport by ambulance of his girlfriend, whom he had beaten. He had been arrested for armed robbery and terroristic threats; he was a piece of trash. When you invite the police into your life because of bad behavior, it is only reasonable to expect that violence will occur. There is no video to corroborate the witness accounts. I doubt that Clark was going peacefully; had he been lying quietly on the ground, I doubt that he would have been shot in the head. If you live by the sword, it follows, that you will die by the sword.

  12. Interesting that none of you five facts include anything about the woman he beat the crap out of. #Thugslivesmatter, I guess abused woman’s don’t

  13. Don’t forget the fact that he was BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF HIS GIRLFRIEND before police arrived – freaking a “witnesses say” – witnesses ALSO said Michael Brown said “hands up don’t shoot” which was proven to be 100% Bullshit. I’m Tired of these Black Lives Matter Racist fucks

  14. What happened to the woman Jamar was beating on? Did she die? Does her black life matter? Why are they not protesting domestic violence of black women?

  15. Why is it ALWAYS blacks? I know, look to the human genome, more specifically the Alleles.

    Repatriate or segregate. No other options.

  16. I am wondering now that the video has been released and it proves that Jamar Clark was not handcuffed, was actually wrestling with the police officer, and grabbed the officers gun why are people still arguing that he was executed and that this was race related. If you want to call this the top five facts you need to update your site. As for all the people that want to act like the police are thugs I wonder how you would feel if these same “thugs” stopped patrolling and protecting your neighborhood. These officers put their lives on the line to protect you and deserve your respect.

  17. live by the sword, die by the sword. intellligent people protesting as usual. raised by good, loving, respectful parents and community.

  18. live by the sword, die by the sword. “he was getting his life together”. how many times do we have to hear this, until everyone believes it even his family, community, attorney I realize so many people would rather the police die and would be celebrating that. but when a thug, beating on his girlfriend, dies for his own actions, let’s have a riot with lies and more lies, to make it sound better for him and the police sound worse. Parents should have raised their children with respect, love, intelligence, and responsibility. Obviously not all do that..

  19. There is no other population whose members cannot gather in any number without an extreme risk of senseless violence.

    There is no other population that has its leaders beg them to go an entire day without killing each other.

    There is no other population that has to be PAID not to kill people.

    There is no other population that needs volunteers to go to a mall to prevent its “teens” from looting stores and shooting each other. 

    There is no other population that counts among its ranks so many people with the stated vocations “aspiring rapper” and “turning (one’s) life around.”

    I can’t believe anyone still gives this group the benefit of the doubt?

  20. No opinions either way, but just go back and read the bold words in the #4 “reason”. It’s proof positive that your average news site doesn’t even proofread their headlines, much less verify the facts