Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman promised to release videotapes from the Jamar Clark police shooting investigation soon after his Wednesday morning press conference. The public didn't have to wait long.
Almost immediately after announcing that there would not be criminal charges for officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, Freeman's office posted a series of extended clips from that night to Youtube. Most are taken from the camera that records the rear view from the ambulance that was on the scene.
Some show Clark standing outside the ambulance, which held his girlfriend, who had been injured in an earlier fight with Clark. Another grim tape shows Clark's near-lifeless body being loaded into an ambulance; he would remain alive in the hospital for a brief period before he was taken off life support.
The most interesting video shows the moment cops approached Clark, and how their fight began. According to officer Ringgenberg, Clark had his hand on the officer's gun during their struggle, and Schwarze shot Clark in self-defense.
Around 20 seconds into the clip comes the moment when Ringgenberg determined Clark was not cooperating in the attempt to place him in handcuffs. He then took Clark to the ground in a chokehold, leading to the fight that ultimately ended in Clark's death.
Most of the ensuing struggle plays out just outside the camera's view, with only the kicking of legs visible. According to Freeman, Ringgenberg ultimately landed face-up on top of Clark, who was also face-up, and it was then that Clark reached for the officer's holstered pistol.
At around the 1:00 minute mark, when Ringgenberg stands up, Schwarze has already shot Clark.
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