Unarmed Black man dies after being shot in the face by police while handcuffed

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photo credit: via Javille Burns, Jamar Clark’s sister

The unarmed Black man in Minnesota who was shot by police has died. Jamar Clark, 24, was taken off life support one day after his altercation with the police.

According to reports by KARE 11, Clark was shot in the face after arguing with paramedics who were attempting to treat his girlfriend. Police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze initially reported that Clark was not handcuffed while he was shot. However, several eyewitnesses have countered that claim.

A 10-year-old boy witnessed the shooting which occurred inches from his front door. Ze’Morion Dillon-Hokins told DailyMail that Clark was handcuffed and thrown to the ground after yelling expletives at police. Police then shot Clark in the face while he was still handcuffed.

The execution-style killing has created a call for an arrest of the officers who were responsible for Clark’s death. Clark is the latest unarmed Black man to lose his life during a confrontation with police.

There seems to be a pervasive attitude among some officers who believe they are justified in killing Black men who don’t pose an imminent threat. Unless a national overhaul occurs, Clark won’t be the last unarmed Black man to lose his life at the hands of police.

Ringgenberg and Schwarze are on paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated.


A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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