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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has announced that charges will not be filed against officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze in the shooting death of Jamar Clark.

Despite multiple witnesses claiming that the 24-year-old was allegedly shot while handcuffed, Freeman has determined that the officers acted in self defense.

Ringgenberg and Schwarze responded to a domestic dispute between Clark and his girlfriend in November 2015. Supposedly Clark was resisting arrest when the victim and Ringgenberg got into an altercation and ended up on the ground.

Here are the details of the officer’s account of the fatal incident via CNN:

During the scuffle, Ringgenberg landed on top of Clark, who then went for that officer’s gun, the prosecutor said. According to Freeman, Ringgenberg said when he felt his gun move from his right hip to the small of his back, he reached back to the top of his gun and felt Clark’s “whole” hand on the weapon. 

The officer told his partner, “He’s got my gun,” Freeman said. “Ringgenberg believed he was going to die…because he had no control over his gun,” Freeman said. “Ringgenberg felt that Clark didn’t care what happened to him and remembered thinking that he didn’t want his partner to die with his gun.”

Schwarze dropped the handcuffs and took out his gun, according to the prosecutor. Schwarze told investigators he put the gun to the edge of Clark’s mouth and said, “Let go or I’m gonna shoot you.”

Schwarze told investigators that Clark looked directly at him and said, “I’m ready to die.” Schwarze said the “only thing I could think of to do was to save our lives and anyone else in the immediate area so I pulled the trigger,” according to the prosecutor.

Clark’s family members are not satisfied with the officer’s recollection of the situation. “I feel like the story is being made up, and it’s all lies,” said the victim’s cousin, Cameron Clark. “My cousin would never tell the cops to kill him. His life was doing good. My cousin never told me he was ready to die.”

In response to the decision, protestors have taken to the streets of Minneapolis chanting, “Hey, hey, ho ho. These racist cops have got to go.”

“If the city burns down, it’s on your hands” said a protestor to the prosecutor.

According to Mayor Betsy Hodges who said in a statement that her, “heart breaks for the loss of Jamar Clark’s life”, the shooting is still being investigated by the state as well as the U.S. Justice Department.

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Prosecutor Says Officer Acted In ‘Self Defense’ In The Shooting Death Of Jamar Clark was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

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4 thoughts on “Prosecutor Says Officer Acted In ‘Self Defense’ In The Shooting Death Of Jamar Clark

  1. Linda on said:

    I don’t believe either PIGS version of what occurred.
    Partners have been known to cover up for one another.

    This is just another MURDER of a young un-armed man of color!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. STOPTHEKILLINGS on said:

    LARRY HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS? WERE YOU THERE? THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY INNOCENT BLACK LIVES LOST TO A COP WHO THOUGHT “IM SCARED FOR MY LIFE” THE BOY WAS HANDCUFFED, HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE SHOT LIKE THAT. HE COULD HAVE USED HIS STUN GUN, WHAT ABOUT THAT? OR HE COULD HAVE PHYSICALLY HANDLED HIM. NOPE HE JUST THOUGHT IMMA KILL HIM. WOW. HOW SAD. THESE COPS HAD BETTER HOPE BLACK PEOPLE DON’T SUDDENLY BECOME AFRAID FOR THEIR LIVES CAUSE A LOT OF THEM WOULD END UP DEAD. BUT HEY WHO WILL BELIEVE THE BLACK MAN? YAH BETTER THINK ABOUT YOUR NECT ACTIONS, IT COULD BE YOU JUST WALKING DOWN THE STREET, BAM, DEAD, PULLED OVER FOR A TICKET, BAM, DEAD, KICKED OUT THE HOSPITAL, BAM, DEAD. ANY NUMBER OF THINGS. BUT IF YOU WHITE, YOU ALRIGHT, YOU GET TAKEN OUT TO EAT, GET A SMOKE, CALL YAL FAMILY…..BYE FELICIA, NEXT….

  3. Yeah, he was a good boy with a bright future says his family that now see dollar signs. Come on Peeps, how many times do these thugs need to be exposed before you realize it ain’t the cops in the wrong?
    Holla’ at the Scholar

  4. Honestly on said:

    You will get no justice from the corrupt and racist so called system implemented by cave n!@@ers to rubber stamp their atrocities against people of color. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

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