Protests Erupt In Minnesota After Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man
Over the weekend Protests by Police Reform Activists and #BlackLivesMatter erupted in Minneapolis after a police officer shot an unarmed black man as some say “in the head execution style”.
An African American Man Jamar Clark was shot by the police and is now hospitalized and reportedly brain dead. Eyewitness accounts claim Mr. Clark was already subdued by the police and in fact in handcuffs when he was shot in the head by a Minneapolis police officer.
Early Sunday Morning Police said they were called to a north Minneapolis home at about 12:45am for a report of an assault and that they found the man interfering with paramedics who were assisting the victim.
Officers tried to calm the man when an altercation erupted. At some point an officer fired his weapon and the man was struck.
Police Chief Janee Harteau said the preliminary investigation shows the man was not handcuffed.
However Bureau of Criminal Apprehension superintendent Drew Evans said there were handcuffs at the scene, but added that authorities are working to determine the exact situation when the man was shot. In addition witness accounts say Clark was not resisting and no danger to the officers.
One witness Nekelia Sharp, who lives across the street, said Clark was talking to his girlfriend after an argument when he was handcuffed and then shot, according to the Minneapolis Tribune.
Another witness Teto Wilson saw Clark 'just laying there' and was not resisting arrest when he was shot, according to an NAACP statement on the incident.
'Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground, an officer maneuvered his body to shield Jamar's body, and I heard the shot go off,' - Tito Wilson
#BlackLivesMatter activists and others reportedly protested the local police precinct and blocked entrance to the building prompting arrests in response to their act of civil disobedience.