Protesters returned to the Hennepin County Government Center on Friday to denounce County Attorney Mike Freeman’s decision not to charge the Minneapolis police officers involved in Jamar Clark’s death.

More than 60 protesters gathered at noon to hear short speeches in the atrium and marched through the skyways chanting. It was the 10th consecutive weekly protest by the group, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar.

“We’re here today because we want prosecution of the police,” said Mel Reeves, an organizer with the coalition. “Prosecute the police by any means necessary.”

Reeves emphasized the new language — “prosecute by any means necessary” — the group is using in response to Freeman’s decision not to charge officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.

Schwarze shot Clark in the head Nov. 15 as Clark scuffled with Ringgenberg outside a north Minneapolis apartment building.

The group had previously pressed Freeman to forgo the grand jury process and make his own decision on charges.

Freeman ultimately chose not to present the case to a grand jury. He announced on March 30 that he would not charge the officers because the shooting was deemed justifiable, saying DNA evidence showed Clark had his hand on an officer’s weapon.

But people protesting Friday said they were not satisfied. Speakers at the rally also criticized the Star Tribune’s coverage of Clark’s death and Freeman’s decision.

James Hill, Jamar Clark’s father, addressed the group after the march.

“We want some justice,” he said. “I’m looking for some justice for my son, you know, for his mama. But I believe at the end, we’re going to win.”

 

Zoë Peterson is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.