Protests Erupt After Black Man Shot by Police

Minnesota officials are investigating the shooting of a Black man suspected in an assault by a Minneapolis police officer, an incident that sparked protests and prompted a community forum with the mayor and police chief.

Witnesses say the man was handcuffed when he was shot early Sunday morning. Police said a preliminary investigation shows the man was not handcuffed.

The investigation is ongoing.

Jason Sole is the chair of the Minneapolis NAACP’s criminal justice committee.

“We have been saying for a significant amount of time that Minneapolis is one bullet away from Ferguson,” Sole told Minnesota Public Radio. “That bullet was fired last night. We want justice immediately.”

The shooting happened after police were called to north Minneapolis around 12:45 a.m. Sunday in response to a report of an assault.

They say when officers arrived, the man was interfering with paramedics who were assisting the victim. Officers tried to calm him, but a struggle ensued.

An officer fired at least once, hitting the man, police said. Witnesses told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that there was a big crowd at the scene, and bystanders became agitated as police pushed them back.

Some witnesses said police used chemical irritants on the crowd.

Authorities have not released any information on the officer involved in the shooting. They also declined to release the name of the man who was shot.

The Minneapolis NAACP cited family members and witnesses as identifying him as Jamar Clark.

Martez McKnight, Clark’s nephew, told the Associated Press that his uncle was put on life support after he was taken to the hospital.

“The family is heartbroken and traumatized by the whole event,” McKnight said.

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