In a press conference held at Maslon LLP today, attorneys Catherine Ahlin-Halverson and Haley Schaffer joined Chuck Samuelson, Executive Director of the ACLU-MN, and Nekima Levy-Pounds, President of the NAACP Minneapolis, to announce a lawsuit filed on behalf of the ACLU-MN and the NAACP Minneapolis against Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to force the release of video footage documenting the police killing of Jamar Clark in November 2015. Catherine, Haley, and Jevon Bindman are serving as pro bono co-counsel to Teresa Nelson of the ACLU-MN on the matter.
A press release issued by the ACLU-MN stated the following:
The case, filed in Minnesota State Court, asserts that the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act requires Defendants to release the videos as soon as possible. In addition, under the law, information should be released where the benefit to the public outweighs any potential harm.
"The police have tremendous authority, including the ability to use reasonable force. It's entirely consistent with our democratic values for the public to demand government accountability and transparency when police use force, especially if it results in a life being taken," Charles Samuelson, Executive Director of the ACLU-MN shared.
"Our community is in a great deal of pain as a result of the shooting of Jamar Clark at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department," stated Nekima Levy-Pounds, President of the NAACP Minneapolis. "It's imperative that we demand accountability and transparency, which includes being able to gain access to the video footage of this tragic incident. We demand an end to police brutality, the police shooting of unarmed persons, and the criminalization of African Americans in the city of Minneapolis."
Catherine and Haley released the following joint statement: "Minnesota state law is clear that the video footage of the officer-involved shooting resulting in Jamar Clark's death must be released to the public as soon as possible."
Jamar Clark's family is not affiliated with the case.
View full ACLU-MN Press Release
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