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Justice faults police response in protests

A federal review of an 18-day standoff outside a Minneapolis police station following the fatal

Published: March 21, 2017 4:00 AM
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A federal review released Monday of an 18-day standoff outside a Minneapolis police station following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015 found problems with the city's coordination and communication but praised officers for their professionalism and the peaceful end to the protest.

The Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services conducted the review at the city's request after the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15, 2015. His death in a confrontation with two white officers sparked an occupation outside the station on the city's north side and other protests that were largely peaceful, though one on Nov. 18 included skirmishes between officers and demonstrators.

Some witnesses told police that Clark was handcuffed at the time, but an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found the officers were unsuccessful in handcuffing Clark, and he was shot after one of the officers shouted that Clark had his hand on the officer's gun.


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