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CAIR-MN Disappointed with Decision to Not Indict Officers for Jamar Clark Shooting

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/30/16) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today expressed disappointment at the decision to not indict two Minneapolis police officers for the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced today that his office will not bring charges against Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze for the November shooting. Clark, 24, died from a gunshot wound to the head after an encounter with the two officers.

SEE: No charges for Minneapolis officers in Jamar Clark death, prosecutor says

“We are extremely disappointed that Jamar Clark did not receive justice today. We are left with more questions than answers,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein “The video presented today appears to indicate the officers were in fact the instigators of the incident. Our thoughts are with the family.”

Hussein added that Clark's case is not anomaly and that there needs to be an ongoing, systemic accountability structure to transform policing and how the police and community interact.

Community members are urged to join a community response gathering tonight at Elliot Park (1000 E 14th St, Minneapolis, Downtown Minneapolis) at 6 p.m. in a renewed call for justice for Jamar Clark and the African-American community of Minneapolis.

CAIR-Minnesota is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726

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