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No grand jury to be used in Jamar Clark case

MINNEAPOLIS - Bucking a 40-year precedent, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday there will be no grand jury used in the Jamar Clark shooting death case.

MINNEAPOLIS - Bucking a 40-year precedent, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday there will be no grand jury used in the Jamar Clark shooting death case.

Freeman also said his decision was based in the idea “that grand juries may no longer serve the present evolving standards of justice, accountability and transparency.”

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and other community groups had called for the county to not use a grand jury in the case of Clark, a 24-year-old black man who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police on Nov. 15.

Instead of 23 members of the public deciding on what charges -- if any -- officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze will face for the incident, that responsibility falls on Freeman, who plans to make that decision before the end of March.

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By Robb Jeffries, Forum News Service

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