Following the announcement that Officer Mark Ringgenberg and Officer Dustin Schwarze will not be charged for their roles in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, authorities are bracing for further protests and potentially even riots. The shooting that lead to the death of Clark prompted over two weeks of rioting last year.
Despite the findings of the grand jury based upon testimonies and forensic evidence, many eyewitnesses are still claiming that Clark was handcuffed and not a threat. The official story from the officers involved includes assertions that Clark was reaching for the officers’ weapons and posed a threat.
No Charges for 2 Minneapolis Officers in Fatal Shooting Of Jamar Clark – https://t.co/9MZ6yOG4qk
— Ana Sofia Walsh (@AnaSofiaRMW) March 30, 2016
In the current political atmosphere following two years of racial strife every time a white police officer is involved in the death of a black suspect, protests and riots have become the norm. The nation is dividing along these lines with “black lives matter” concepts opposing “all lives matter” and even “blue lives matter” (referring to police lives). Will Minneapolis become the next hotspot for this debate?
I am glad the officers didn't get charged. #JamarClark was a thug and he beat his girlfriend and got what he deserved. Enough thug worship.
— Oppressive Shitlord (@PCiscancerous) March 30, 2016
What does alcohol & THC levels have to do with anything? Only to vilify another young black person and justify his murder. #JamarClark
— KurvyKurly (@klmontgom) March 30, 2016
— Marie McKenzie (@Mmarie2539) March 30, 2016
Minneapolis is 62% white. Every person killed by Minneapolis police over the past several years has been black or Latino. #JamarClark
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) March 30, 2016
Tonight– bracing for the "Obama Effect"… https://t.co/nfgg8UYEvZ
— TheDailyLedger (@TheDailyLedger) March 30, 2016
Jamar Clark was shot approx 61 seconds after police arrived. #Justice4Jamar
— Patience Zalanga (@babewiththecam) March 30, 2016
It's sad that HC Attorney Mike Freeman has not held one officer accountable for shooting someone since his time in office. #JamarClark
— Nekima Levy-Pounds (@nvlevy) March 30, 2016
The fatal shooting of Jamar Clark led to activists protesting at a police precinct in Nov. 2015. https://t.co/wps7V66UJK
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 30, 2016