No Charges Against Officers Involved in Jamar Clark Shooting

Photo: Craig Lassig / Reuters via

Photo: Craig Lassig / Reuters via

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a press conference on Wednesday that no charges will be filed against Minneapolis Police Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze in the shooting death of Jamar Clark in November, 2015.

The incident garnered widespread public attention with critics of the shooting demanding justice for Clark, who was unarmed.

The shooting occurred after an altercation broke out when Clark engaged officers and paramedics as they were attempting to place Clark's girlfriend into an ambulance. According to police, Clark became belligerent and during the confrontation grabbed for an officer's gun.

Freeman cited evidence, including DNA, that substantiated the notion that Clark had his hand on one of the officer's handgun and was not handcuffed at the time of the shooting.

"This case is not at all similar to others seen around the country," Freeman said, citing the officers' inability to withdraw from the conflict.


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