In the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, 24-year-old Jamar Clark, federal authorities have rejected protester demands to release videos of the altercation because it would be “extremely detrimental” to the FBI and Justice Department’s independent investigation into whether or not Clark’s death was in violation of any federal laws. But while the feds reject demands for videos, state authorities have released the names of the officers involved on the young man’s death.
Jamar Clark, who police initially claimed to have been handcuffed at the time he was shot, died on November 16 after he, according to his family, was removed from life support. Witnesses have disputed the lack of handcuffs, claiming that he was in fact handcuffed at the time of the incident.
The officer’s involved in the shooting–of which only one reportedly opened fire on the unarmed, now deceased, young man–were identified by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as seven-year police veterans Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg, ABC News reported.
While the names of the two officers involved in the shooting were released, the BCA did not indicate which officer shot Clark in the head.
According to the BCA’s investigation into the incident, which has perhaps unsurprisingly sparked protests across the nation, Clark’s death came as the result of the gun shot wound he suffered during his encounter with the police.
Both cops are on paid administrative leave.
Reuters reported that the head of the Minneapolis NAACP joined protesters demanding authorities release videos covering the incident in which Clark, an unarmed black man, was shot to death.
What are your thoughts on the death of Jamar Clark and the feds refusal to release the videos after the BCA identified both of the officers involved in the controversial shooting?