Anger could be heard in the voices of community members who gathered late Sunday afternoon at the Urban League to discuss the police killing of Jamar Clark. Listening and answering the questions they could were Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau. Several witnesses say Clark was handcuffed on the ground when police shot him early Sunday morning. Investigators say no other guns other than those belonging to police were found at the scene.
One man described past incidents with Minneapolis police and called for an outside investigation. “The system you got here isn’t even helping us,” he said. That demand has been echoed by leaders of Black Lives Matter who refused to attend the listening session. Since the listening session, the FBI has agreed to open an investigation to find out if the shooting of Clark violated any civil rights laws.
Another man in the crowd talked about the police shooting of Michael Brown, also a black man, in Ferguson, Missouri. He said the public was told Ferguson police were doing what they were trained to do. “Is this what officers are trained to do?” he asked Harteau.
“You know I can’t speak specifically to the details of the investigation,” replied Harteau over the din of more questions from the audience.