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Civil rights leaders denounce message from police chief

MINNEAPOLIS — Civil rights leaders are rejecting a message from the Minneapolis police chief that they say implies protesters will incite violence following a decision on whether two officers will be charged in the November death of a black man.

Twenty-four-year-old Jamar Clark was shot by police Nov. 15 during what authorities called a struggle. But some who say they saw the shooting have said that Clark wasn't struggling and was handcuffed. Clark died a day later.

Leaders of several prominent civil rights groups gathered outside the Minneapolis City Hall this morning to renounce Chief Janee Harteau's video message released Thursday. Harteau says violence won't be tolerated.

Activist Mel Reeves said he believes Harteau's message implied that a decision to not charge the two officers has already been made.

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