City of Aurora to Pay $15 million to Settle Lawsuit Over Death of Black Man at Hands of White Officer

The City of Aurora will pay more than $15 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of Jamar Clark.

The settlement comes one year after Clark was killed by an officer responding to a report of a man breaking into cars.

The agreement, announced Wednesday, is binding until December 31, 2026.

In a news release, the Clark family attorney says the money will fund safety enhancements in a park where Clark was killed in 2015.

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This was the 28-year-old man killed outside the Prairie Park Apartments by an off-duty Minneapolis police officer, Mark Ringgenberg.

Clark was shot in the head and died after an altercation with police officers outside the Prairie Park Apartments in North Minneapolis in December 2015.

A police chief resigned, and the city denied race was a factor in the shooting.

Ringgenberg and his partner tried to subdue Clark, whose hands were at his side and his knees and were spread out with his left hand on his back.

Video of the incident shows Ringgenberg firing seven times at Clark, with one round passing through Clark’s hand and into his back.

He was unarmed and had asked for medical attention.

Ringgenberg has said there was enough evidence to support his use of deadly force.

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