Events in Minneapolis Police Shooting
A timeline of events surrounding the death of Jamar Clark, 24, of Minneapolis, in a confrontation with police, fact of the day
— Nov. 15, 2015: Officers respond at 12:45 a.m. to a report of an assault in north Minneapolis. One officer shoots 24-year-old Jamar Clark in the head. Police say a struggle preceded the shooting; people who say they saw the confrontation dispute that and say Clark was handcuffed.
— Nov. 15: Police Chief Janee Harteau asks the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate. Some protesters set up an encampment outside of the 4th precinct on Minneapolis’ north side.
— Nov. 16: Clark is taken off life support. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges requests a federal civil rights investigation.
— Nov. 17: BCA Superintendent Drew Evans says investigators have video that doesn’t show the incident in its entirety, and says it won’t be released while the investigation is ongoing.
— Nov. 18: The 4th precinct occupation sees skirmishes between protesters and officers.
— Nov. 19: Police union head Lt. Bob Kroll tells reporters that Clark had his hands on an officer’s weapon when he was shot.
— Nov. 20: Gov. Mark Dayton meets with protest leaders and calls for peace.
— Nov. 23: Dayton says he has seen a video recorded by an ambulance camera and it was inconclusive.
— Nov. 23: Five protesters are shot near the site of the encampment. None are injured seriously. Police eventually charge four men — three white and one Asian.
— Nov. 24: Clark’s family calls for an end to the encampment, but organizers for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis refuse. Also, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says a grand jury will decide whether to charge the police officers, prompting more outcry from protesters.
— Dec. 3: Police break up the encampment.
— Dec. 23: Protesters demonstrate at Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, disrupting holiday travel. Fifteen people are arrested.
— Dec. 29: Two women who say police hit them in the face with nightsticks during the occupation at the precinct sue the city.
— Feb. 2: Minneapolis officials ask for federal review of how police acted during demonstrations.
— Feb. 9: The American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP sue the state, demanding the release of videos.
— Feb. 10: State investigators say their investigation is finished and evidence has been given to prosecutors.
— Feb. 12: Protesters launch weekly demonstrations at Freeman’s office to demand he not use a grand jury to decide charges.
— Feb. 23: Freeman asks the BCA to expand its investigation.
— March 16: Freeman announces he won’t rely on a grand jury, saying he wants a more accountable, transparent process. He says he hopes to have a decision by the end of March.
— March 17: James Clark, Jamar Clark’s adoptive father, demands the officers be prosecuted.
— March 24: Harteau issues a video message saying police won’t tolerate violence when Freeman announces his decision.
— March 30: Freeman announces that the two officers will not be charged, basing his decision on evidence that showed Clark was not handcuffed, had attempted to gain control of an officer’s weapon and that the officers believed they were in danger of being shot.
— June 1: Federal officials were to announce whether an investigation found Clark’s civil rights were violated when he was shot.