Jamar Clark, the 24-year-old man who was shot by Minneapolis police after an altercation Sunday, was taken off life support Monday and has died, officials announced Tuesday, Reuters reports.
Clark's shooting sparked several protests in and around Minneapolis after witnesses and community activists said that Clark was in handcuffs when police shot him, a charge police have denied.
Police say that they were called Sunday to assist in stopping an assault and that when they arrived, Clark was interfering with ambulance workers who were trying to address the reported victim's injuries. An altercation ensued between police and Clark, and an officer's gun went off. Police initially said that Clark was not handcuffed at the time he was shot. Now officials say they are investigating the report of Clark's being in handcuffs, and acknowledge that he was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
"There were handcuffs on the scene at the time. And we are still examining whether or not they were on Mr. Clark or whether they were just fallen at the scene," Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans said at a news conference Tuesday, Reuters reports.
Clark's cause of death was officially listed as a gunshot wound to the head, and his reported time of death was Monday at 9:25 p.m., according to a statement released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.
Since the shooting, protesters have continued to demand that footage of the shooting be released, to which police have responded that that won't happen, citing the ongoing investigation. In total, some 51 demonstrators have been arrested, according to reports.
Investigators at a press conference Tuesday said that there is no footage of the entire incident because police were not wearing body cameras. They did say, however, that they have collected video from an ambulance on the scene, a police camera stationed in the area and a public-housing-authority camera stationed near the scene, KARE 11 reports.
"[That] video will not be released at this time, as is normal protocol with our investigations," Evans said during the press conference, KARE 11 reports. "Releasing them would impact the integrity of the investigation that's ongoing currently, and it would impact the eventual prosecutorial review process that will be pending at the conclusion of our investigation."
According to Reuters, the investigation could take anywhere from two to four months, at which time all findings will be handed over to a prosecutor.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has already requested a federal civil rights investigation. The two officers involved in Clark's death, who have not been identified by police, have been placed on paid administrative leave. Police told Reuters that the officers' identities would be released after they have been interviewed.