The Latest: Minneapolis police take down protesters' tents

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Posted: Nov 18, 2015 2:50 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked days of demonstrations. (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Police in Minneapolis are taking down tents set up by protesters outside a north Minneapolis precinct following the weekend shooting of an unarmed black man.

Live video shot by KARE-TV showed uniformed police and others in military camouflage taking down tents Wednesday afternoon. About 18 tents have been set up since 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot in the head in a confrontation with officers early Sunday.

Other protesters can be seen shouting at the officers removing the tents.

Some community members say Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. Police have disputed that. A state investigation and a federal civil rights investigation have been launched.

1:40 p.m.

Police in Minneapolis have declined to disclose the race of two officers involved in the weekend shooting death of an unarmed black man.

The officers were identified Wednesday as seven-year veterans Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. The police department released their personnel records but redacted information on race, which the public isn't entitled to under state law.

The officers were involved in a confrontation with 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Sunday after they were summoned to a reported assault. Police say Clark, a suspect in the assault, was interfering with medical personnel and got into a scuffle with the officers. He was shot once in the head.

Some community members allege that Clarke was handcuffed when he was shot, which police dispute.

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12 p.m.

The sister of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police during a confrontation says the family appreciates the protests on behalf of her brother but isn't participating.

Javille Burns' brother, 24-year-old Jamar Clark, died after being shot in the head early Sunday by police who were responding to a domestic violence call. Some onlookers have alleged that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot, which police have disputed. They say Clark was shot when he scuffled with officers.

Burns says her family wants justice for brother, but also wants peace. She also says he was a peaceful, despite things being said about him.

Protesters have demanded that investigators release any video they have of the shooting, but investigators say they won't while the probe is ongoing.

10:45 a.m.

Authorities have identified two Minneapolis police officers involved in the weekend shooting of an unarmed black man.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says they are Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. The state agency says both have been police officers for seven years, including 13 months with the Minneapolis department.

The BCA is investigating circumstances surrounding the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who died Monday after being shot once in the head. Police say Clark scuffled with officers who had been called to the scene of a suspected domestic assault. And they say Clark, a suspect in that assault, was interfering with emergency workers trying to treat the victim.

Some community members have alleged that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. Police have disputed it.

A federal civil rights investigation has also been launched.

This story has been changed to correct Officer Mark Ringgenberg's first name. The Associated Press, based on information from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, erroneously referred to him as Mike Ringgenberg in the initial version.

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8:10 a.m.

The head of the Minneapolis police union says two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man have given statements to state investigators on the confrontation that led to the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Sunday.

Union president Lt. Bob Kroll says the officers met Tuesday night with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Kroll says he hopes the investigation moves quickly now.

Some community members say Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. Police say Clark was interfering with paramedics who were treating an injured woman, and have disputed that he was handcuffed.

Kroll says he hopes people who are making the handcuff allegations give statements to the BCA, and that they are charged with a crime if the statements turn out to be false.