Groups sue for videos of Minneapolis police killing

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 09, 2016 1:23 PM

(Reuters) - Civil rights groups sued Minnesota state agencies on Tuesday to force them to release video footage of the fatal police shooting of a young black man in Minneapolis in November.

Activists have been seeking the release of the videos since Nov. 15, when Jamar Clark, 24, was killed.

The shooting came at a time of national debate over the use of lethal force by police, especially against black men. A number of U.S. cities have been hit by protests against police killings, some of which were caught on video.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said in late November that video from a camera in an ambulance at the scene was "a very brief fragment" and not conclusive.

Authorities have said there was no video of the shooting from police dashboard or body cameras, but investigators reviewed footage from business and security cameras in the area, as well as witnesses' cellphones.

The Minneapolis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota brought the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court.

The lawsuit names Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Department of Public Safety, according to the filing.

(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)