$200,000 Tentative Deal in MN Cop Shooting Death of Jamar Clark

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The family of Jamar Clark, who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police in 2015, has reached a $200,000 tentative settlement with the city, months after the City Council rejected a previous five-figure offer as too low, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. David Suro, the lawyer representing Clark’s father, said, “What this family really wanted wasn’t money. They would like to see some accountability.” Suro said the family came to understand that systemic changes to police training weren’t possible through the courts. The family is satisfied with the $200,000, he said. “They were after change, and the city has indicated that’s not part of this process,” Suro said.

The council must approve the Clark settlement. In May, the council approved a $20 million payment in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The Australian native was fatally shot by Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor after she called 911 seeking help. Clark, 24, was shot in the head on Nov. 15, 2015, after an encounter with Minneapolis police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, leading to weeks of protest. Clark was unarmed. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman declined to charge the two officers. Ringgenberg said he felt Clark’s hand on his gun after he took him to the ground and told Schwarze, his partner, to shoot. Schwarze told investigators he warned Clark to let go of Ringgenberg’s gun before shooting him. A group called the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, which demanded that the city also pay the Clark family $20 million.

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