Jamar Clark’s advocates call for $20M death settlement

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS  — Advocates for Jamar Clark, who was fatally shot by police in 2015, are demanding that the city of Minneapolis settles a lawsuit brought by his family for $20 million, the same amount awarded in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Clark’s father, James Clark, and about two dozen supporters held a news conference in downtown Minneapolis Monday evening and called for an equal settlement. Earlier this month a judge ordered the city into mediation to reach a settlement in the Clark lawsuit.

The 24-year-old black man was shot during a struggle with two white officers. The Hennepin County attorney declined to bring charges, saying an investigation found Clark was trying to get an officer’s gun.

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The settlement with Damond’s family was made after Officer Mohamed Noor was convicted in her death.