MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 15, 2015) — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Minneapolis chapter, in a press release on Sunday, is demanding justice for Jamar Clark, a 24 year-old man it claims was shot execution style by Minneapolis police today.
NAACP state that at around 1 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2015, two officers of the Minneapolis Police Department responded to a domestic dispute call in the residential neighborhood of James and Plymouth Ave N. in Minneapolis. According to numerous witness accounts, Clark was placed in handcuffs and slammed to the ground at the intersection of James and Plymouth Ave N.
“The young man was just laying there; he was not resisting arrest,” Teto Wilson, a Northside community resident and business owner, said in the NAACP press release. “Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground, an officer maneuvered his body around to shield Jamar’s body, and I heard the shot go off.”
Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds said the organization stands in solidarity with North Side community residents in demanding accountability for the egregious conduct of Minneapolis Police officers. The witnesses all say the police shot and killed Clark.
“Specifically we are demanding an independent investigation; that the officers in question be fired and prosecuted; that African American grief counselors for witnesses be supplied; and a public apology from city leaders for the police abuse that occurred and how residents were treated following the shooting,” Levy-Pounds said.
The Northside community, the Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis say they stand as one in demanding justice for the murder of Jamar Clark. We will not rest until his murderers are brought to justice.