Jamar Clark, 24, was shot Nov. 15, 2015, as he scuffled with Minneapolis police officers who had responded to a disturbance call in front of his sister’s apartment building in the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue N.
Clark, who had spent most of his life on Minneapolis’ North Side, was taken off life support less than 24 hours later.
His death reverberated nationwide and spurred more than a week of protests in north Minneapolis.
Clark, adopted at age 4, was the youngest of Wilma and James Clark's 10 children. He was nicknamed “Dizzy” and liked to swim, fish and listen to music, according to family and friends.
“As a child, Jamar was always full of energy and had a big smile,” a leaflet distributed at his funeral said.
Several speakers at Clark’s funeral said he had overcome a tumultuous childhood and adolescence. He had a criminal record, but friends and family members said he had begun to turn his life around.
Clark’s encounters with law enforcement included convictions of first-degree aggravated robbery and terroristic threats. He was awaiting trial for a high-speed chase arrest in July 2015 at the time of his death.
He was employed by Copeland Trucking.