Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man shot dead by police in an incident that sparked major protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has died.
He was in hospital for life since the November 15 shooting.
Police say Jamar Clark is suspected of assault and obstructing medics who were working on the victim when he was shot.
The protesters camped in front of the police station for two days and blocked a major highway on November 16th.
The demonstration led to the arrest of 51 protesters tonight.
Police have released several details about the shooting of Jamar Clark – who some say was handcuffed when he was shot. Police denied the allegation.
The demonstrations came after the mayor’s decision to ask the federal government to launch a civil rights investigation.
Mayor Betsy Hodges said he wanted an investigation in the interests of transparency and community trust.
While a state agency has already launched a criminal investigation, the mayor said Minneapolis needed “all the tools we have.”
Two employees involved in the shooting are on paid leave – which is standard procedure after incidents like this.
The police chief said police officers did not carry body cameras, but did not say whether the squad car or other video surveillance filmed the incident.
Protesters welcomed the federal investigation, but vowed to continue to demonstrate until a video of the situation was released and the affected officials were identified.
The protests began on November 15 and included a one-night camp at the Minneapolis police station near the scene of the shooting.
The next day, at least eight tents were spotted at the campsite, and several protesters were sitting in the glass doors of the station – including one that was knitting.
“I’m still not moving until we get these shots,” said Michael McDowell, a demonstrator with the Black Lives movement.
According to police, the incident began on November 15, when police were called to northern Minneapolis following a report of an attack.
At the scene, police found Jamar Clark interfering with paramedics trying to help the victim. They tried to calm him down, which led to a fight and a shot, police said.
Jamar Clark’s father told the that his son received a single gunshot wound to the left eye.
His brother told the AP that family members had gathered at the hospital on November 16 to remove Jamar Clark from life support.
A series of high-profile police shootings of black people have sparked protests across the country over the police use of excessive force against African Americans.