According to CNN, Minneapolis police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze will not be charged in the death of Jamar Clark last November.
The 24-year-old was shot by Schwarze after being instructed by Ringgenberg proceeding their scuffle. Investigators concluded from the incident the officers acted in self-defense and the announcement enraged family members and community activists.
The results of the shooting sparked demonstrations at Clark’s protest site, and family members do not believe the officers’ stories. The police reports state Clark attacked his girlfriend and interfered with the paramedics attempting to transport her to the hospital. After refusing demands from police, they said Clark ended up fighting the officers and reaching for Ringgenberg’s gun. The officer allegedly believed if he did not shoot Clark he would have gained control of his weapon and shot them both.
Clark did not die on the scene, he was pronounced dead a day later in the hospital. His death led to widespread protests, as seen in the CBS Minnesota clip below.