A see at what's following in the Jamar Clark case

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:41 AM

The officers still face a federal civil rights investigation, and Jamar Clark'south family members could sue. Meanwhile, at minimum one activist is seeking elected office.

A see at what's following in the Jamar Clark case

A prosecutor'south decision not to charge two white Minneapolis police officers in the shooting death of a twenty-four-year-old black man isn't the latest word in the case. The officers still face a federal civil rights investigation, and Jamar Clark'south family members could sue. Meanwhile, at minimum one activist is seeking elected office. Some details about what's next:

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THE LETHAL CONFRONTATION

Clark, 24, was shot Nov. fifteen and died a day later. After a four-month investigation, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday that officers Label Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze wouldn't face state criminal charges. He said forensic proof backed their accounts that Clark wasn't handcuffed — as alleged by some witnesses — and that he'd his hand on an officer'south gun when he was shot. Freeman said the officers feared for their lives and fatal force was reasonable.

Freeman made the decision on his own instead of presenting the case to a grand jury. He also released more than 1.000 pages of evidence.

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OPEN INVESTIGATIONS

The state criminal investigation is over, but the FBI, the U. S. Attorney'south Office in MN and the Justice Department'south Civil Rights Div are still conducting a federal criminal investigation to define whether police intentionally violated Clark'south civil rights through excessive force. That'south a high valid standard because an accident, horrible judgment or ordinary negligence on the officer'south part isn't sufficient to bring federal charges.

In addition, the officers could be disciplined. Once the federal investigation is complete, the police dept will conduct an internal review, said police spokesman Scott Seroka. For now, the officers are on non-patrol duties. It'south unclear when they'll return to the street.

The Justice Dept is also reviewing how the city responded to protests after Clark'south death. His shooting prompted numerous demonstrations, including an 18-day occupation exterior a police precinct.

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OTHER VALID MATTERS

Clark'south relatives have hired attorneys, and lawsuits against the city and police officers are possible. Attorney Albert Goins, who represents two of Clark'south biological sisters and other siblings, said he'south just started reviewing the proof Freeman released and needs to collect more information before deciding on a lawsuit. Clark'south adoptive parents, James and Wilma Clark, have also retained an attorney.

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PROTESTS AND POLICY

Activists who were dismayed by Freeman'south decision believe their protests have raised awareness about racial inequities and engaged more people in seeking change.

Mel Reeves, an organizer for the Twin Cities Coalition four Justice four Jamar Clark, said his grouping is planning another protest Friday at the Hennepin County Government Middle to call for prosecution of the officers. Even though that decision'south been made, Reeves said, "nothing is impossible ... If people do determine to obtain off their couches and out of their apathy and determine to get portion in whatever protests, it'south quite possible the system can change."

Mica Grimm, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, said the community is emotional toward less action and more policy work. She said there'south an ongoing effort to recruit candidates who'll address economic injustice, seek criminal justice reform and make better education. Clark'south death, she said, showed that injustices can happen anywhere.

"This has been going on for so long that I think people are really fed up at this point, and they wish to look something happen, something change," she said.

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POLITICAL CHANGE

At minimum one activist is seeking office herself. Raeisha Williams, the spokeswoman for the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, is a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council seat that represents the N side, where Clark was killed. Williams said she decided to running in two thousand-fourteenth, but the importance of her campaign didn't hit her until Clark's death.

"We know that this is just the beginning," she said.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, said she'south been approached about challenging Freeman for county attorney. She said she'south not personally interested in that office, but wouldn't get the idea off the table if number other candidates emerge.

"We don't necessity career politicians continuing to keep these seats in City Hall," she said. "We necessity fresh blood. We necessity people who realize the core of what the Black Lives Matter movement is all about and are willing to fight for what's right, even at times when it's unpopular."

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