Report: Minneapolis officer punched Jamar Clark in July
Dec. 09, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who was killed by Minneapolis police last month had been punched by a different officer in July after resisting arrest, according to a police document obtained by a newspaper.
Details of Jamar Clark's arrest are in a police report obtained by the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1YZ6Xim ). The full report isn't public due to an ongoing investigation and it was not released to The Associated Press. The newspaper did not publish the report online.
Clark, 24, was arrested July 29 after he crashed into an apartment building during a high-speed chase. Clark was driving a stolen car at the time and had two teenagers with him, the documents said.
Clark repeatedly refused to be handcuffed before he was hit once in the face by an officer, the documents show.
Clark, who was charged with fleeing a peace officer, claimed excessive force was used. He told a police-force review supervisor that he exited the car with his hands up and an officer tackled him for no reason, the documents show. Clark also claimed the officers choked him until he had a seizure, similar to how Eric Garner was placed in a chokehold last year by a New York City officer and died.
The supervisor said dashcam video from the arrest showed one officer tackling Clark and pinning him to the ground, the document said. The report said Clark repeatedly tried to get up, and another officer punched him in the face and handcuffed him.
Afterward, Clark appeared to be unconscious and an officer monitored him, the report said.
The police department's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the arrest, as is standard procedure.
The officers involved in the July incident were not the same ones from the Nov. 15 confrontation in which Clark was shot. He died a day later.
Officers said Clark was shot after a struggle, but some who saw the incident claim Clark was handcuffed when shot. That shooting is being investigated by state and federal authorities.
His death sparked weeks of protests.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com