Prosecutor Says No Grand Jury in Minneapolis Police Shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he's changed his mind and will not rely on a grand jury to decide whether two Minneapolis police officers should be charged in last November's shooting death of a black man.
Freeman says he will make the charging decision in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. Clark, who was black, died in a confrontation with officers who had been summoned to a disturbance, and his death set off weeks of protests on Minneapolis' north side.
Protesters had pressured Freeman for weeks not to use a grand jury, arguing they rarely decide officers should be charged.
Freeman said Wednesday that the grand jury process wouldn't provide enough accountability or transparency.
Two criminal investigations are underway in Clark's death.