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Jamar Clark Killers …No Charges

Forensic evidence backs the Officer’s story

Minneapolis Officers in Jamar Clark Shooting Will Not Face Charges

Two Minneapolis police officers will not face state criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, the prosecutor in Hennepin County said Wednesday. The announcement upset activists who had called for the officers to be prosecuted, and provided new details about the events leading up to the shooting.

Mr. Clark’s death prompted weeks of heated, sometimes tense demonstrations, and raised broad questions about racial disparities in Minnesota. Protests started almost immediately after Mr. Clark, 24, was shot on Nov. 15 as officers responded to a report of an assault.

The police said at the time that Mr. Clark was a suspect in the assault and that he had tried to interfere with paramedics treating the woman who was hurt. Some neighbors who say they witnessed the incident claim Mr. Clark was handcuffed when he was shot, contradicting the police account.

In announcing his decision, Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County attorney, said that witnesses had given conflicting accounts about the handcuffs. The evidence, he said, suggested that Mr. Clark had tried to gain control over one officer’s gun and that he had not been handcuffed when shot.

“Forensic evidence and video evidence both support the belief that Clark was not handcuffed at any time through the altercation,” said Mr. Freeman, whose office posted a trove of investigative documents online….

After the shooting in November, which was investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, activists occupied an area outside a police precinct for more than two weeks, sometimes clashing with officers. On one night, a group of outsiders came to the precinct, police said, andshot five people during a protest.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Fox Lake — Police Officer Suicide?

This one burst onto the news scene about a week ago, I blogged on it in “A Good Officer Falls“. It seemed at the time to be the case of a murder of a Police Officer.

Turns out that the policeman in question may not have been shot by the “three suspects he was pursuing”…

He may not have been murdered at all. Other sources are reporting that Lt Gliniewicz was only shot once, and that the coroner has refused to state where.

There is still more evidence to process, which may definitively prove things one way or another.

Illinois officer’s death may have been a suicide, evidence suggests

Illinois police are looking into the possibility that a Fox Lake officer’s death was a suicide, according to reports.

Fox Lake Lt. Charles (Joe) Gliniewicz, 52, was found mortally wounded after reporting he was chasing down three suspects with vague descriptions on Sept. 1. His death sparked a massive manhunt with 400 officers, but no arrests have been made and the suspects have not been found.

Authorities said they are investigating the case as a homicide. The Lake County Coroner, Thomas Rudd, said he couldn’t say whether it was a suicide, an accident or a homicide without further evidence.

“Every theory is being looked at,” Lake County Sheriff’s detective Chris Covelli told the Chicago Tribune. “Nothing has been eliminated at this point.”

Unnamed sources close to the investigation said evidence is mounting that the fatal shot was self-inflicted, according to the Chicago Tribune and Fox News.

Gliniewicz was shot twice, with one bullet hitting his Kevlar vest and the other bullet piercing his chest from a downward trajectory, sources told Fox News. Shell casings were found about 100 feet apart from each other near the body, which was found face-down.

His service weapon was found close to his body, which appeared to have no self-defense wounds, sources said. Ballistics and gun residue test results are expected to determine whether Gliniewicz was shot with his own weapon.

Police are also awaiting DNA tests to see if some found at the scene matches that in a criminal database.

Authorities discounted some of the reports claiming suicide was a possibility, claiming a disgraced retired cop served as one of the anonymous sources. They said Joseph A. Battaglia, 54, threatened police to rule the death a suicide and may have given reporters false tips.

But investigators have been clashing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Detectives, who have been tight-lipped throughout, called out Rudd for releasing information that could jeopardize the investigation last week. On Monday, they held a meeting with one of his employees without Rudd’s knowledge.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in News

 

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