Police brutality has been a hot button issue in the media as Black Lives Matter protestors work to ensure officers are held accountable for the slaying of typically unarmed black men.
In the case of Jamar Clark, the 24-year-old was allegedly shot while handcuffed when officers arrived to a Minneapolis neighborhood to intervene in a domestic dispute between Clark and his girlfriend in November 2015.
According to the Huffington Post, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has since determined that he will not empanel a grand jury to decide whether to charge two Minneapolis police officers in the shooting death of Clark.
“The accountability and transparency limitations of a grand jury are too high a hurdle to overcome,” said Freeman who will make the sole determination as to whether or not the officers will be held accountable.
He said future cases involving police shootings would be reviewed by independent investigators.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau believes Freeman will make the right decision for the case. “The legal standards and thresholds remain the same, whether this case is looked at by a grand jury or reviewed by the county attorney,” she said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department is reviewing how the city of Minneapolis responded to the protests after the shooting.