Release the video tapes of this unarmed man's police murder! #Justice4Jamar #BlackLivesMatter

  • by: Nathan Empsall
  • recipient: Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, Mayor Betsy Hodges, and MN Dept. of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman

Jamar Clark is dead. He was only 24 years old. He was unarmed. The Minneapolis police killed him.

These are the facts of the case, and they are undisputed. Here's where it gets murky: Numerous witnesses say Jamar was handcuffed and on the ground when police shot him execution-style. The police deny this, but aren't offering evidence to the contrary yet. Black Lives Matter and AFSCME union protesters have been outside the police station for days, calling for justice. On Sunday, November 23, white supremacist terrorists shot and wounded five of the protesters.

There would be an easy way to settle this and end the protests: Release the video tapes. At least four different videos exist - the ambulance, mobile police cameras, local surveillance cameras, and witness cellphones - but prosecutors say releasing the videos would be "extremely detrimental" to their investigations. 

That doesn't make any sense! Many murder trials have happened precisely and only because videos were released publicly first. Prosecutors are close to police departments and work with them all the time. Even the best prosecutors with the purest hearts are often too biased to make these decisions without public accountability. That's why Care2 echoes the ask of our friends at Color of Change: We need the tapes released now.

Tell Minneapolis officials and prosecutors: Honor Jamar's family's call for answers, and don't give into Sunday night's violent terrorists: Stand for justice and release the tapes!

I am writing to demand you release all video of the Jamar Clark police shooting.


Eye-witnesses say Jamar was handcuffed with his hands behind his back when police shot him in the head "execution style." This type of brutal and discriminatory police violence has no place in Minneapolis.


As Minneapolis leadership, you have the power and responsibility to ensure transparency and accountability in your police department. Jamar's family and friends have a right to know exactly what happened to their loved one. I urge you to release the tapes and to do everything in your power to hold all those responsible fully accountable.


Thank you,


[YOUR NAME]


[Petition language borrowed from Color of Change]

Update #14 years ago
Good news! Thanks to on-the-ground action and global outcry — including your signature and those of more than 11,000 Care2 members -- the Minneapolis Police have released the footage of an officer shooting and killing Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old unarmed man. Investigations by both state and federal officials are now underway. Can you take one more step? Sign AJ's petition's for federal camera reform.
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