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Groups sue over release of Minneapolis fatal shooting video

ST. PAUL -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the Minneapolis NAACP are suing state law enforcement agencies to force the release of video from the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police in November.

ST. PAUL - The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the Minneapolis NAACP are suing state law enforcement agencies to force the release of video from the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police in November.

The groups announced the lawsuit against the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Department of Public Safety on Tuesday morning and will hold a news conference later in the day.
Police shot Clark, 24, on Nov. 15 while responding to an assault call. They said he was going for an officer’s gun during a scuffle, but some witnesses reported he was handcuffed when he was shot.
The shooting sparked sustained protests, including a camp outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct station and a Dec. 23 protest at the Mall of America that turned into a march to disrupt Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Protesters have consistently demanded that video of the shooting be released. Investigators said in the days after the shooting that doing so could compromise the investigation.
About a week after the shooting, Gov. Mark Dayton said he saw one video, from an ambulance on the scene, but that it did not conclusively show what happened. Authorities have said there are other videos of the incident, but none that captured it all.

The Pioneer Press is a media partner with Forum News Service.

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