The Latest: Dayton calls for US investigation into police

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Posted: Nov 21, 2015 11:49 PM
The Latest: Dayton calls for US investigation into police

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):

10:45 p.m.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he will urge the Justice Department to investigate any police actions in Minneapolis this past week that may have violated civil rights.

Dayton's comment Saturday came as demonstrators maintain their presence at a police station just blocks from where police shot Jamar Clark last Sunday.

Police Chief Janee Harteau said any investigation into her officers' conduct "will only confirm the strength of the work my officers did protecting both public safety and the freedom of speech."

At one point Wednesday night, police used a chemical irritant to control the crowd. Police said a chemical spray was also directed at officers, as well as Molotov cocktails, bottles, rocks and bricks.

On Thursday, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison tweeted a photo of his son at the protest scene with his hands up and an officer with a gun in the background, calling it "agonizing for me to see."

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10 p.m.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has met with the family of a man who was killed by police in Minneapolis and with leaders of a local Black Lives Matter group.

The meeting Saturday comes as demonstrators maintain their presence at a police station just blocks from where Jamar Clark was shot a week ago.

Protesters are demanding to see video of the shooting. Authorities say doing so could taint an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. A federal criminal civil rights probe also is underway.

Dayton says that Assistant U.S. Attorney General Vanita Gupta spoke by telephone and reiterated that releasing the video would be "extremely detrimental" to the federal investigation.

Mica Grimm of Black Lives Matter-Minneapolis says she told officials at the meeting that the protest won't end until the community says it's OK.

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8 p.m.

A cousin of a black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police say her family is recovering after "a very rough week."

Kenya McKnight also says the family is trying to get a handle on dealing with "the dynamics of a situation" that has included dealing with "police, the community, activists, the government."

McKnight says a funeral for her cousin Jamar Clark has been scheduled for Wednesday at Shiloh Temple International in Minneapolis.

She says she wants people to remember that Clark "was loved; he was cared for."

He acknowledged that "he had flaws," but says he was "on this path of getting his life together."

Earlier this year, Clark was convicted of a felony count of terroristic threats and sentenced to 15 months in prison. His sentence was stayed for five years and he was out on probation.

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7:15 p.m.

Protesters are huddling around fires in freezing temperatures during a demonstration a week after a black man was fatally shot in a scuffle with Minneapolis police.

The scene was calm Saturday outside the Fourth Precinct headquarters down the street from where 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot.

Clark was shot early Sunday after police responded to an assault complaint. Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis police union, has said that Clark had his hands on an officer's gun. Authorities have said no other weapons were found at the scene.

Protesters are demanding to see video of the shooting. Authorities have said it wouldn't be appropriate to release the video because doing so could taint an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. A federal criminal civil rights probe also is underway.

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4 p.m.

Workers have painted over anti-police graffiti on a Minneapolis police station where protesters have gathered for days over the death of a black man.

The graffiti was removed Saturday morning as protesters watched.

The police station had been spray-painted with Jamar Clark's name and anti-police profanity.

They were on the Fourth Precinct, where protesters have set up tents, fire pits and stools. It's just blocks from where Clark was shot early Sunday after police responded to an assault complaint.

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2:15 p.m.

Union leaders have spoken at a rally in Minneapolis in support of activists protesting the shooting death of a black man by a city police officer.

Several dozen people attended the rally in cold weather to show solidarity with protesters who have been camped out all week since 24-year-old Jamar Clark was fatally shot in north Minneapolis last Sunday.

One speaker, Alanna Galloway of the Communication Workers of America, says civil rights are workers' rights.

Kyle Edwards of AFSCME Local 3800, representing University of Minnesota clerical workers, says working class people are becoming aware that "we're all in this together."

Longtime Minneapolis civil rights activist Mel Reeves told The Associated Press that protesters want the police involved in the shooting prosecuted. Clark was shot by a police officer in what authorities say was a scuffle. Some community members allege Clark was handcuffed, but police dispute that.

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10:45 a.m.

Union members are planning to rally in Minneapolis in support of activists protesting the shooting death of a black man by a city police officer.

Labor groups plan to show solidarity with protesters who have been camped out all week since 24-year-old Jamar Clark was fatally shot in north Minneapolis last Sunday.

Clark was shot by a police officer in what authorities say was a scuffle. Some community members allege Clark was handcuffed, but police dispute that.

Hundreds attended a peaceful vigil Friday evening to remember Clark.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting and a federal criminal civil rights investigation is also underway.