Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

Justice pans police response to Minnesota black man's death

By The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal review of an 18-day standoff outside a Minneapolis police precinct following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015 has found problems with the city's coordination and communication.

The Justice Department's review Monday came at the city's request after the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.

Clark's death in a confrontation with two officers sparked weeks of protests that were largely peaceful, though one on Nov. 18 included skirmishes between officers and demonstrators.

The review found the city didn't have a coordinated response to the occupation and didn't have a plan for managing a civil disturbance as it became a long-term event.

The city's mayor and police chief planned to comment later Monday.

The county prosecutor and the U.S. attorney both declined to charge the two officers involved.

2017-03-20 15:14:30 GMT

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