MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The nation’s oldest civil rights organization is calling for a candlelight vigil and march in Minneapolis to bring attention to the latest fatal shooting of a young Black man by a police officer.
NAACP national president Cornell William Brooks says the event planned for 4:30 p.m. Friday outside the 4th Precinct headquarters will increase pressure on the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Sunday.
Clark was fatally wounded in what police say was a scuffle with officers responding to an assault. Some community members allege Clark was handcuffed. Police dispute that.
The shooting has prompted protests. Brooks told reporters Thursday that Clark’s death “is one bad chapter in a bad national narrative of police conduct.”