Prosecutor says no Grand Jury in Minneapolis Police Shooting
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he has changed his mind and will not convene a grand jury to decide whether two Minneapolis police officers should be charged in the shooting of Jamar Clark.
Freeman says instead, he will make the charging decision.
Clark was shot in the head on November 15 by Minneapolis police. He died the next day after being taken off of life support.
Police say Clark was a suspect in a domestic assault and was shot after allegedly interfering with paramedics who were trying to provide first aid to the victim.
His death set off weeks of protests, including an 18-day occupation outside of a police precinct in Minneapolis.
Protesters had pressured Freeman for weeks not to use a grand jury, arguing they rarely decide officers should be charged.
Freeman said Wednesday that the grand jury process would not provide enough accountability or transparency.
Two criminal investigations are underway in Clark’s death.