This pandering will be seen as throwing the police under the bus….and it is.

Gov. Dayton meets with family of man shot by Minneapolis officers
By Nick Woltman
nwoltman@pioneerpress.com

UPDATED: 11/21/2015 10:42:22 PM CST

Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Keith Ellison met Saturday with members of Black Lives Matter and the family of Jamar Clark, the unarmed black man shot and killed by Minneapolis police officers last Sunday.

BLM demonstrators have spent the past week camped out at the city’s 4th Precinct police station demanding the release of video of the shooting, which is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice at the request of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.

“I will urge that the tapes be provided to the family and released to the public, as soon as doing so will not jeopardize the Department of Justice’s investigation,” Dayton said in a news release. “I also reiterate my call for a Special Session of the Minnesota Legislature to address the racial disparities in North Minneapolis and elsewhere in Minnesota.”

Dayton said he has asked Clark’s family and BLM leaders to meet with Justice Department attorneys about the tapes while the attorneys are in the Twin Cities on Sunday.

He also called for an investigation into “any matters” during the weeklong protests “that may have violated the civil rights of any Minnesota citizens.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau responded to Dayton’s statement Saturday night, expressing support for her officers.

“Any investigation, federal, state, or county into my officers’ conduct at the 4th Precinct during this time will only confirm the strength of the work my officers did protecting both public safety and the freedom of speech,” Harteau said in the statement.

Nick Woltman can be reached at 651-228-5189.

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