A federal prosecutor announced Wednesday that authorities will not bring civil rights charges against Minneapolis police officers who shot an unarmed black man last year, the Associated Press reported. On Nov. 15, an officer shot 24-year-old Jamar Clark in the city, sparking large protests that included the occupation of the Minneapolis Police Department's fourth precinct headquarters and the temporary shutdown of holiday travel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airport.
Protesters have since questioned authorities' narrative in light of conflicting witness accounts suggesting that Clark may have been handcuffed when Officer Mark Ringgenberg shot him, according to the AP. Activists had called on authorities to release video surveillance of the area.
In addition to the weeks-long occupation of a north-side city police station, the protests at the nearby Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airport, several activists were injured when a group of white supremacists opened fire on a gathering of Clark supporters. The assailants were later arrested and charged by local authorities.