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Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:27 PM

Justice Department to review Minneapolis response to police protests

Source; Reuters

World | Thu Mar 3, 2016 11:43am EST

Justice Department to review Minneapolis response to police protests

The United States Justice Department will review how the city of Minneapolis responded to protests after police shot and killed a young black man last November, the mayor's office said on Thursday.

Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau requested the assessment by the federal department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, said a spokesman for the mayor.

The shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, by Minneapolis police officers came at a time of renewed nationwide scrutiny of police use of lethal force, especially against African Americans. A number of U.S. cities have been rocked by protests demanding more accountability for police officers who kill suspects on the job.

After Clark's death, demonstrators set up an encampment outside a Minneapolis police station to hold around-the-clock protests. Police dismantled the camp, which at the time had about 50 people in it, on Dec. 3. A few people were briefly arrested at the time.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-race-minnesota-idUSKCN0W520T

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