As tension between protesters and cops mounted outside Minneapolis’ Fourth Precinct on Wednesday, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released the names of the officers involved in Jamar Clark’s shooting.
Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze are veteran cops who joined the Minneapolis Police Department in September 2014. Prior to that, Ringgenberg spent two and a half years with the Maple Grove and Osseo police departments.
According to Capt. Adam Lindquist, Ringgenberg’s personnel file at Maple Grove was squeaky clean. During his tenure, Ringgenberg received two internal recognitions and “exceeded expectations” in two performance reviews. As one of the state’s top DWI arresters, the 30-year-old was given a bronze award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving last year.
No complaints were filed against Ringgenberg, nor were any disciplinary actions taken by the Maple Grove department. He was a “trusted” cop who was respected throughout the department and left in good standing, Lindquist says.
Lindquist, who was once Ringgenberg’s supervisor, praised his worth ethic and ability to make “sound judgements on the street.” Before taking the job in suburban Minnesota, Ringgenberg was a San Diego cop for more than three and a half years.
“He came to us with valued experience and you can tell,” Lindquist says. “He’s one of those you hate to see go.”
While in San Diego, Ringgenberg was sued for his alleged rough handling of a suspect who was resisting arrest, the Star Tribune reports. However, the 2012 case was eventually thrown out.
Schwarze joined the Minneapolis force after six years with the Richfield Police Department. From September 2006 to October 2008, Schwarze was a community service officer in Brooklyn Park. The entry-level position had Schwarze, now 28, dealing with low-level tasks, such as parking complaints. He did not carry a gun or have authority to make arrests.
Although the case was later dismissed, a 2009 lawsuit reportedly accused Schwarze of trying to force a man to become an informant using threats, unlawful searches, and falsifying police reports. Richfield police did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Clark, 24, died Sunday night of a gunshot wound to the head. He was shot early that morning at the intersection of James and Plymouth avenues in north Minneapolis after officers responded to an alleged assault call. Clark’s shooting sparked ongoing protests anchored outside the police department’s Fourth Precinct.
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