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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Authorities said Monday it was by the "grace of God" that an officer and civilian involved in an early-morning high-speed chase recently that quickly erupted in gunfire had survived.

"By the grace of God, this officer and this civilian ride-along are with us today," Chief of Police Steve Frazier said Monday at a news conference, "because the individuals that they were trying to stop clearly [had] other designs."

He said around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Officer Julian Garcia and a civilian woman were riding in a police cruiser when Garcia attempted to pull over a motorist for a busted headlight in Madera, California.

Frazier said the woman, who asked not to be identified, was a member of the city's Citizen Police Academy. The program was designed to develop a working relationship with the community.

The officer, Garcia, was "effectively a brand new officer" who had completed field training only two weeks ago.

"There was nothing suspicious about the vehicle upon initially [stopping] it with the lights," Frazier said. "Everything appeared fairly normal."

Police dashcam footage showed Garcia's police cruiser trying to pull over a silver Mazda. Within seconds of the driver's failure to yield to police orders, the unidentified woman's ride-along had escalated into a full pursuit.

The woman could be heard screaming as the harrowing scene unfolded in front of her. At one point, she pleaded with the police officer to stop the chase.

Right after the Mazda took a turn, gunfire could be seen and heard on the dashcam video. Frazier said that 14 rounds had been fired from the vehicle — two of them struck the cruiser's window, one hit the cruiser's right rear tire and another entered a home's bedroom and landed in a pile of clothes.

After the firefight disabled the patrol car, the suspects exited their vehicle and escaped on foot. Monday, Frazier said police had no one in custody but that had many leads.

"We know there were two people in the vehicle," he said.

The officer survived the incident, as did the civilian, who suffered minor cuts from broken glass. Photos of the aftermath show the patrol car's shattered windows and a gun found in the Mazda.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.) -- The driver of the California tour bus that killed 13 passengers and injured 31 others Sunday may not have stepped on the brakes before the bus plowed into another vehicle, officials said Monday.

There was no indication of breaking by the bus, California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele told reporters at a press conference.

The bus, which was on Interstate 10 returning to Los Angeles from Red Earth Casino in Thermal, California, crashed into a tractor trailer, leaving the front of the bus demolished, Abele said Sunday. Officials said the bus had arrived at the casino Saturday night between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and left Sunday at 4 a.m. The bus did not have seat belts.

It was also revealed Monday that the bus driver may have been inside the casino during that time frame.

The investigation remains in a very early stage, officials said, adding that it's too early to say what caused the accident.

"The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big rig, the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus," Abele said Sunday.

The National Transportation Safety Board, who is investigating the crash, asks that witnesses call the California Highway Patrol.

The bus had been inspected three times since 2014 and no mechanical issues were found, Abele said Sunday.

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Courtesy of Battleship IOWA(GARDENA, Calif.) -- An emotional video of World War II veteran Ernest Thompson went viral in August after the Chief selects of the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center showed up on Thompson's front lawn to serenade him with “Anchors Aweigh” when he was no longer able to visit his beloved local battleship, USS Iowa, due to health reasons.

The video of Thompson, from Gardena, California, standing in salute as he got the surprise of a lifetime from the Chief selects, which means they’ve been selected for the rank of Chief Petty Officer, has been viewed on Facebook more than 30 million times.

“Neighbors came out of their houses to witness a once in a lifetime experience. My grandfather told me that it was one of the best days of his life!” Thompson’s grandson, Jonathan Williams, wrote in a Facebook post at the time, explaining the story behind the video.

On Oct. 26, Thompson will celebrate another wonderful day: his 99th birthday.

In order to make his upcoming birthday just as special as the day he was serenaded, the Battleship Iowa honored him by throwing a large party with his closest family, friends and the chief selects who so graciously sang to him over the summer.

“Some of the selects came back out to sing to him and we had two big cakes,” Battleship Iowa museum spokesman Andrew Bossenmeyer told ABC News.

A press release about the birthday celebration said Thompson witnessed the end of WWII aboard the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945. Prior to WWII, he served aboard the USS Tennessee where he played on the ship's baseball team. He has two daughters, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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ABCNews.com(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Jurors watched video testimony Monday morning from "Jackie," a woman at the center of a defamation suit against Rolling Stone magazine by a former associate dean at the University of Virginia.

Her haunting tale as the alleged victim of a vicious sexual assault at a prominent fraternity that was depicted in the magazine’s retracted article, “A Rape on Campus,” stunned the nation and invigorated a widespread discussion on sexual assault on college campuses.

Video of Jackie’s deposition from April of this year was shown before a 10-person jury in Charlottesville federal court as part of a $7.85 million defamation suit filed by a former associate dean, Nicole Eramo, at the University of Virginia against Sabrina Erdely, the writer of the “A Rape on Campus” story that was published in Rolling Stone magazine, and the magazine itself. Monitors were turned off for the rest of the gallery to preserve Jackie’s identity.

In the video deposition, Jackie testified that she thought details of her alleged rape were private and that Erdely would focus her reporting on sexual assault advocacy.

“I was under the impression that they were not going to be published. I was naïve," she said in the deposition.

Jackie said that she did not understand what phrases like “on-the-record” or “off-the-record” meant. When she expressed her concerns to Erdely a few weeks before the story's publication, Erdely told her it was too late to back out, according to Jackie.

“I remember her telling me there was no way for me to pull out at that point,” Jackie said. “I remember feeling scared and overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. I felt like I was getting a lot of pressure from a lot of different people and I didn’t know what to do. I did not want to participate in the article at that point.”

Jackie said she was worried about the way Eramo would be portrayed in the article, admitting she had trouble sleeping and suffered anxiety leading up to publication of the article.

“I believe that Ms. Erdely was concerned about the administration as a whole, and Dean Eramo was a part of that and I didn’t want Dean Eramo hurt,” Jackie said. “I respected and cared about Dean Eramo.”

The 9,000-word Rolling Stone article published in 2014 captured in graphic details the night Jackie says she was allegedly brutally gang raped by several men when she was a freshman at the University of Virginia. The article also described her as supposedly facing callous indifference from college authorities.

But following the publication, police announced that they had no reason to believe a rape as Jackie had described it had taken place. The article was retracted after a Columbia Journalism School report found it to be "a journalistic failure," including Erdely’s failure to interview any of the alleged perpetrators of the crime.

Attorneys for Rolling Stone said they still believe their reporting about Eramo and the university's handling of sexual assault reports is "accurate and well substantiated," according to court documents. Last year a U.S. Department of Education investigation determined that UVA did not immediately respond to some sexual assault complaints and created a "hostile environment" for victims, Rolling Stone emphasized.

“We made journalistic mistakes with respect to Jackie's story and we have learned from them, but these mistakes do not support Dean Eramo's lawsuit,” the publication said in a statement to ABC News last Thursday.

“The depiction of Dean Eramo in the Article was balanced and described the challenges of her role. We now look forward to the jury's decision in this case."

Former UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo says she was unduly maligned by her portrayal in the debunked article. She says Erdely portrayed her as the chief villain in the story: an uncaring, callous and ineffective voice who sought to suppress Jackie’s claims.

Eramo is seeking $7.85 million, based on the damages inflicted upon her reputation, career and health.

Erdely admitted in court that many mistakes were made in her reporting of the story.

“I wish that Jackie had not been in my story,” Erdely said last week during her testimony. “It wasn’t a mistake to rely on someone emotionally fragile. It was a mistake to rely on someone intent to deceive me.”

She maintains that her story did not damage Eramo’s reputation.

“She still works at the university, she still got a pay raise,” Erdely said last week.

Attorneys representing Jackie argued earlier this year that the deposition would re-traumatize Jackie because they say she is a sexual assault survivor.

Eramo and her attorneys argued it was important for Jackie to provide details behind her motivation to allegedly fabricate a story that was read by millions.

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Courtesy Julie Mudrick(VIENNA, Va.) -- Julie Mudrick is the life of the party at her elementary school bus stop in Vienna, Virginia. Every October since 2013, she has been dressing up in a different costume each day to pick up her kids after school.

Some of her creative getups include dressing up as a Minion, Nacho from Nacho Libre and the grandpa from the movie Up.

It all started when she noticed her 8-year-old son, Luke, was “taking life a little too seriously,” the mother of five told ABC News. “He was worried about being perfect, worried about what others thought of him.”

In order to show him that it’s fun to be a bit goofy at times, she picked up a pair of silly glasses and a clown nose and wore them to pick up her kids. Ever since, the month-long costume party has been a family tradition.

Mudrick created an Instagram to chronicle her ensembles and made #busstopcostumes a trend among other moms throughout the country.

She says her goal to spread joy to the children on the school bus and, most importantly, to Luke worked. “They look forward to it every year and the kids on the bus love it,” she said. “A parent has come up to me to thank me for doing this. It helps make their day a little brighter.”

Luke now tells her he wants to dress up with her starting next year, when he’s in middle school.

She says it isn’t as demanding as it looks to bring smiles to her children’s faces at the end of the day. “I try not to spend too much time or money on this at all,” she said.

She spends 30 minutes to put together a costume and uses mostly what’s in her and her husband’s wardrobes.

“We have to prioritize our time. I’m prioritizing to teach my children to enjoy life and to bring to joy to others,” Mudrick said.

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ABCNews.com(MIAMI) -- The parents of one 6-year-old boy in Florida found out what he does when he thinks no one is watching.

Cody Wray found this video of his sneaky son, Dylan, terrorizing the family’s new couch in the wee hours of the morning by jumping, punching and even doing cartwheels around the couch. The kids are not allowed to jump on the couch, so obviously that’s what Dylan did.

The mischievous boy tried to hide the evidence by unplugging the video camera his dad, who owns an IT security company, had installed. But when Wray noticed the camera was unplugged, he decided to check the footage to see what it had recorded.

That’s when he discovered the bouncing bandit. He posted the hilarious video to Facebook where it’s now gone viral.

“Every time we watch it's still hysterical,” Wray told ABC News. “You want to be mad at him since he's jumping on our brand new couches, but he's just so cute.”

Dylan had told his parents in the past, “I get up at like 2 a.m. sometimes,” but they just passed it off as him being a 6-year-old getting up early before school. They never imagined he literally meant 2 a.m.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the first season of the Serial podcast, has officially launched a bid to be released from prison.

His lawyer Justin Brown filed the bail petition on behalf of Syed in a Baltimore courthouse Monday morning.

"He has no history of violence other than the State's allegations in this case, and if released he would pose no danger to the community," the Motion for Release Pending Appeal document reads. "He is also not a flight risk; it makes no sense that he would run from the case he has spent more than half his life trying to disprove."


Syed Files Motion for Bail today in Baltimore City Circuit Court @CJBrownLaw https://t.co/Pg8r9rcVqM

— Justin Brown (@CJBrownLaw) October 24, 2016


Brown echoed the sentiments in Monday's court document in July, telling ABC News then, "He's not a flight risk and he is not a danger to the community and therefore he should be allowed out on bail."

Syed, 35, has been incarcerated for more than half his life, sentenced to life in prison in 2000 for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. She was found buried in a shallow grave in Baltimore's Leakin Park.

A retired Baltimore judge issued a ruling in June granting Syed a new trial on the grounds that he received ineffective counsel in 2000 from a defense attorney who failed to cross examine a state cell expert witness on key evidence.

"The court finds that trial counsel's performance fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment when she failed to cross-examine the state's cell tower expert regarding a disclaimer obtained as part of pre-trial discovery," Judge Martin Welch wrote in his ruling in June.

The ruling followed new evidence presented during a second post-conviction relief hearing in February, including testimony from alibi witness Asia McClain Chapman, who says she spoke with Syed at the time the state claims he killed Lee.

Maryland’s attorney general appealed the June order and charged that Syed shouldn’t get a new trial in the absence of “new evidence” or a “change in law” since he was convicted.

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ABC News(MADERA, Calif.) — A motorist led police in Madera, California, on a high-speed chase Sunday, engaging in a shoot-out while a civilian woman was inside the police cruiser as part of the city's Citizen Police Academy.

The program was designed to develop a working relationship with the community, but this ride-along turned into a close call when an officer was forced to take action.

Police dash cam footage shows a Madera police cruiser attempting to pull over a silver Mazda early Sunday morning. Within seconds of the driver's failure to yield to police orders, the unidentified woman's ride-along escalated into a full pursuit.

The woman can be heard screaming as the harrowing scene unfolds in front of her. At one point, she pleads with the police officer to stop the chase.

Right after the Mazda took a turn, gunfire can be seen and heard on the dash cam video.

The firefight disabled the patrol car and the suspects exited their vehicle and took off on foot.

The officer survived the incident, as did the civilian, who suffered minor cuts from broken glass.

Photos of the aftermath reveal the patrol car's shattered windows and a gun found in the Mazda. The suspects are still on the loose, according to police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.) -- At least 13 people were killed and 31 injured after a tour bus crashed into a big rig Sunday in Desert Hot Springs, California, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Shortly after 5 a.m., 44 passengers were returning from a trip to the Red Earth Casino near the Salton Sea when the bus, operated by Los Angeles-based USA Holiday, slammed into a freight truck with a trailer, CHP Chief Jim Abele said.

"The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big rig, the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus," Abele said at a news conference on Sunday.

The bus driver was also killed in the crash, but it was not immediately clear if drugs, alcohol or fatigue played a role in the incident, according to CHP.

"In almost 35 years I've never been to a crash where there were 13 fatalities, so it's tough, it's tough for all of us," Abele said. "The fire department who handles it, CHP personnel who handle it, it's not an easy thing."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WELLSTON, Okla.) -- Two police officers were shot in Wellston, Oklahoma, Sunday night, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries when they were shot with an AK-47 after responding to a report of a shooting in the rural area around 6:30 p.m., officials said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff said the suspects fled the scene in one of the police vehicles and drove to a local mobile home park. They then shot at and carjacked a woman who later refused medical treatment, according to officials.

One suspect is in custody, but another suspect named Michael Vance is still at large and expected to be in a white Lincoln Town Car with a blue top, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff.

Vance was recently in jail for an alleged child sexual assault, the sheriff said, and is believed to have an AK-47.

Police are said to be talking to family and friends of Vance to find out locations he would frequent.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BARRINGTON, R.I.) -- A Rhode Island community held a parade on Sunday afternoon in protest of a local man's complaint about women wearing yoga pants.

In a letter to the editor of the Barrington Times last week, Alan Sorrentino said the athletic pants were "the absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion," and they "do nothing to compliment a women over 20 years old."

"To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age," he wrote. "I don't want to struggle with yours."

In response, about 300 people, including many women wearing yoga pants, hit the streets of his Barrington, Rhode Island, neighborhood for a "Yoga Pants Parade."

One of the event's organizers, Jamie Burke, said according to the Providence Journal that the issue was beyond the writer and "women are fed up with the policing of our wardrobe."

Sorrentino has since said the letter was written in five minutes and supposed to be a joke. He said that he received death threats because of it.

"If I were a woman and a group of men were doing that to me, the men would be arrested," he said in response to the parade.

A large sign that said "FREE SPEECH" hung on Sorrentino's house during the parade, according to the Providence Journal.

The protest parade was peaceful, with many people donating diapers and hygienic products to the women's shelter Sojourner House in Providence. Gina Baxter, a spokeswoman for clothing line Dear Kate, said the company would donate 100 yoga pants to the shelter as well.

"To celebrate women and celebrate our products, our design to empower women and instill confidence in women," she said of the donation.

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Bettmann / Getty Images(GLENDORA, Miss.) -- Bullet-Riddled Memorial to Emmett Till Prompts Talk of Still 'So Much Hatred' Vandals in Mississippi apparently shot up a memorial to Emmett Till, an African-American teen whose murder in 1955 became a touchstone of the civil rights movement.

The defacing of the memorial drew notice Oct. 15, when Facebook user Kevin Wilson Jr. posted an image of the damage to the marker of the site where the 14-year-old Till, accused of whistling at a white woman, was killed.

"I'm at the exact site where Emmett Till's body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River 61 years ago. The site marker is filled with bullet holes. Clear evidence that we've still got a long way to go," Wilson wrote in the post.

Till was a kid from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi when his body was found with a bullet hole in his head, barbed wire wrapped around his neck and a cotton gin fan weighing him down. His mutilated body was sent home to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till Mobley insisted on an open-casket funeral. The shocking image of her son's body heightened calls for racial justice and civil rights.

The vandalism of the memorial prompted some African-American leaders in Tallahatchie County to consider that work toward racial tolerance isn't done.

"This child died in 1955 and people still have so much hatred," Robert E. Huddleston, a state representative from the area and member of the local chapter of the NAACP, told ABC News. "Why do they feel the need to keep on killing him again and again?"

Huddleston said this is the second time this particular memorial had been defaced and that the original version of the marker is believed to have been dumped into the river.

He and Johnny B. Thomas, the African-American mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, said they will work to make sure the memorial is rebuilt.

"When I see hatred like this it makes me want to work that much harder to rebuild it, begin healing, and get members of the Caucasian community to join us in that effort to heal," Thomas told ABC News. "When the descendants of those who perpetrated slavery here and Jim Crow laws stand up against this sort of vandalism it means so much more ... When they join in rejecting this we can move forward."

ABC News reached out to the Tallahatchie County Sheriff's Office for information about any investigation into the vandalism but did not immediately receive a response.

Thomas, whose black father may have had some connection to some connection Till's death and who is involved with tours of spots associated with the murder, said there is a long record of racial tension in the area and that those with family ties to the history of strife could help to promote healing.

Thomas said that people could donate toward Till memorials by contacting the Village of Glendora, Mississippi.

The Emmett Till Memorial Commission put up eight markers in Tallahatchie County in 2008, according to The Clarion Ledger, who noted that the sign near the river where Till's was found has been a repeated target of vandals, along with other prominent civil rights markers in the region.

The paper noted that a sign marking the Emmett Till Memorial Highway, dedicated to him in 2006, was spray-painted with the letters "KKK."

Huddleston said such memorials are important to mark the battle for civil rights, regardless of who may oppose them.

"What we are doing now is trying to raise money to replace the sign," Huddleston said.

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Nabble / Harold Martin(WASHINGTON) -- The NSA contractor accused of stealing a gargantuan amount of sensitive and classified data from the U.S. government is a flight risk and has been ordered to remain in custody ahead of his trial, a Maryland judge said Friday.

Harold Martin, III, a Navy veteran, was arrested in late August after FBI agents discovered a treasure trove of government documents and data, in stacks of paper and on removable data storage devices, strewn around his house, his car and an outdoor shed. It was a theft, prosecutors said, "that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale" -- enough to fill some 500 million pages of documents containing images and text.

The material included some documents marked Secret, Top Secret and in some cases Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI), the highest classification level. Martin allegedly had been taking the information home with him from as many as seven different contracting jobs for the government since 1996. He first received his security clearance during his service in the Navy Reserve.

Ahead of the hearing Friday, prosecutors argued in a court filing that Martin should remain in detention as he would be a "prime target" for foreign spies should he be released on bail.

"Given the nature of his offenses and knowledge of national secrets, [Martin] presents tremendous value to any foreign power that may wish to shelter him within or outside the United States," prosecutors wrote in a court filing Thursday.

Prosecutors said Martin had been in communication with others online in "languages other than English, including Russian" and apparently had been learning Russian.

Prosecutors also argued that Martin could be a danger to himself, citing Martin's wife who purportedly told investigators she was concerned he might try to take his own life.

Martin's attorneys, however, said in their own court filing Thursday that there is still no evidence he "intended to betray his country" and argued that he was not a flight risk. All the talk of foreign spies and potential getaway plans, the defense said, were "fantastical scenarios." They said Martin didn't even have a valid passport.

In court Friday Martin's defense attempted to paint him as a hoarder with mental issues.

In the end, the judge sided with the prosecution and declared Martin a flight risk.

Martin's attorneys, James Wyda and Deborah Boardman, told reporters that Martin and his family were "disappointed with [Friday's] ruling."

"We do not believe Hal Martin is a danger to the community or to his country. Hal is no risk of flight. Hal Martin loves America. And he trusts our justice system. This is an early step in a long process. We anticipate filing an appeal shortly," the attorneys said.

After the hearing Martin's wife told reporters simply, "I love him."

Martin is currently accused of the theft of government property, but prosecutors said that they expect to bring more serious charges under the Espionage Act.

As of a couple weeks ago, investigators were still trying to figure Martin out. Senior officials told ABC News then that he appeared to be "more weirdo than whistleblower," and it's unclear why he appears to have hoarded 20 years of government material in his home and vehicle. Online postings and public academic work apparently by Martin indicate he was deeply involved in the technical world of computer security, and Martin allegedly told investigators he was taking his work home with him only to improve his own knowledge and skills.

But prosecutors see something more sinister, based on some sophisticated software tools and the number of firearms discovered at Martin's residence, and one from under the front seat of his vehicle.

"If the Defendant stole this classified material for his own edification, as he has claimed, there would be no reason to keep some of it in his car, and arm himself as though he were trafficking in dangerous contraband," prosecutors wrote in the filing Thursday.

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Leigh Vogel/FilmMagic via Getty Images(MANDAN, N.D.) -- At least 83 people were arrested for protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to authorities in North Dakota.

The Morton County Sheriff's Department said 300 protesters trespassed on private property 3 miles west of State Highway 1806 along the pipeline right-of-way.

“Today’s situation clearly illustrates what we have been saying for weeks, that this protest is not peaceful or lawful," Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said in a statement. "It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event. This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities."

Protesters have been demonstrating against construction of the 1,172-mile pipeline in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has said the project would affect water supply and culturally sacred sites on the North and South Dakota border.

Last week, actress Shailene Woodley was arrested for alleged criminal trespass and allegedly engaging in a riot during a protest of the pipeline.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, last month, but a North Dakota judge found there was not probable cause to support a riot charge.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of a black man last year have been cleared after an internal investigation, according to the Minneapolis police chief.

Jamar Clark, 24, was killed in November 2015 after a confrontation with the two officers. His death sparked weeks of protests in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said at a news conference Friday that video confirmed he was not handcuffed when police responded to an alleged assault by Clark, and DNA showed he had grabbed an officer's gun. She added that the use of deadly force was warranted and said she supported the actions of the two officers involved.

"These officers did not dictate the outcome of this incident," she said Friday.

An attorney for the Clark family said they were disappointed with the decision, and a civil suit would be filed on behalf of the family in the coming weeks, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In June, the Justice Department announced that an independent federal investigation into the shooting did not find sufficient evidence for federal criminal civil rights charges against the two Minneapolis police officers.

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