By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on federal authorities’ decision to not charge two white Minneapolis police officers with criminal civil rights violations in the killing of a young black man (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

The city of Minneapolis will proceed with an internal investigation of two white police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black man in November.

Federal authorities announced Wednesday they will not charge the two officers with violating the civil rights of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, citing insufficient evidence. That follows a decision by a local prosecutor in March not to charge the officers.

Activists have protested Clark’s death in November and staged an 18-day occupation outside a police station after the shooting.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she hopes the community can now “move forward together to build a city that is safe and equitable for everyone.” She says the city will now proceed with the internal investigation.

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis police union, said Wednesday’s announcement confirms what the union has said from the start - “that the actions of these officers were justified.”


1:10 p.m.

Activists are decrying a decision by federal officials to bring no charges in the shooting death of a 24-year-old black man by two white Minneapolis police officers.

Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds asks why people must tolerate assault and battery at the hands of police. She says community members are tired of what is happening and what feels like “the Jim Crow North,” a historical reference to prior laws enforcing racial segregation in the South.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lugar announced Wednesday that federal officials won’t bring charges in the November death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. Luger cited insufficient evidence. A state prosecutor decided earlier against charging the officers.

Levy-Pounds what happened to Clark shows that African-Americans are living “in a land of disparity” and are being treated like second-class citizens.


12:30 p.m.

The attorney for a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a man last fall says the officer and his partner have been vindicated by a federal prosecutor’s decision not to file criminal civil rights charges against them.

Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg were the officers involved in a fatal confrontation last November with 24-year-old Jamar Clark. The officers said Clark was struggling with Ringgenberg and had his hand on the officer’s gun when Schwarze shot him.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced Wednesday that he would bring no charges against the men due to insufficient evidence.

Schwarze’s attorney, Fred Bruno, says the decision was no surprise after a state prosecutor reached the same conclusion in March. Bruno says the chances of two independent investigations arriving at the same result are slim unless the officers’ actions were justified.


11:40 a.m.

Minnesota’s U.S. attorney says no federal civil rights charges will be filed against two Minneapolis police officers in last fall’s shooting death of a black man.

Andrew Luger says there is insufficient evidence to support charges against the officers, who had a lethal confrontation with 24-year-old Jamar Clark last November.

Luger is the second prosecutor to decline to file charges in Clark’s death, following Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s announcement in March.

Clark’s death set off weeks of protests on the city’s north side, where some witnesses said Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. Freeman said forensic evidence backed up the officers’ account that Clark was not handcuffed and that he had his hand on an officer’s gun when he was shot.


10:45 a.m.

Community groups who have protested the fatal shooting of a young black man by Minneapolis police say they are barred from attending a news conference at which federal officials will announce whether the victim’s civil rights were violated.

Nekima Levy-Pounds says it’s unacceptable that government leaders would exclude those who have been working for justice for Jamar Clark from the news conference Wednesday.

The death of the 24-year-old Clark last November sparked weeks of largely peaceful protests and the occupation of a north side police precinct.

U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ben Petok says the news conference is for credentialed members of the media only. Petok says community groups have been invited to a meeting at federal offices Wednesday afternoon.


12:45 a.m.

Federal officials in Minneapolis are set to announce whether they believe the civil rights of a 24-year-old black man were violated last November in a confrontation with two police officers during which he was fatally shot.

Officials will make the announcement Wednesday in the case of Jamar Clark. His death sparked weeks of protests and an 18-day occupation outside a police precinct.

Some onlookers said Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman declined to charge the officers. He said forensic evidence backed their accounts that Clark wasn’t handcuffed and had his hand on an officer’s gun.

The law sets a high bar to charge officers for a civil rights violation. An accident, bad judgment or simple negligence isn’t enough.

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