U.S. Probe Sought In MN Police Shooting; Protesters Block Interstate Road


Minneapolis officials asked for a federal investigation into Sunday's officer-involved shooting that critically injured a man on the city's North Side and reignited the debate about race and police use of force, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau said the federal investigation would be done parallel to a separate investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The move followed a day of protests at the Police Department's Fourth Precinct headquarters and on the block where Jamar Clark, 24, was shot early Sunday. Yesterday, about 100 protesters blocked traffic lanes on Interstate 94 for more than two hours before State Patrol officers 43 adults and eight juveniles.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division were called into the investigation after Clark was shot by officers responding to a disturbance call across the street from the Elks Lodge, a popular neighborhood hangout less than two blocks from the precinct station. The decision to invite a federal probe differed from other high-profile officer-involved shootings across the U.S. that festered, sometimes for weeks, before outside agencies were called in. Hodges and Harteau said they had “utmost faith” in the state investigation but that they believe a federal probe will assist “the interests of transparency and community confidence.” Protesters with Black Lives Matter had cited a federal investigation as one item on a broader list of demands.

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