(Sacramento, CA-AP) – Community leaders are demanding justice after a pair of Sacramento police officers were not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.
Various faith leaders and the NAACP spoke out against the DA’s decision to not hold the officers accountable for 22-year-old Stephon Clark’s death last March on Saturday. The leaders said Saturday’s decision is a testament to a justice system that doesn’t protect the black community, but rather persecutes it.
Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams slammed the DA for defaming Stephon Clark post-mortem in an effort to justify the actions of the two police officers who shot Clark eight times in his grandmother’s backyard. The DA suggested Saturday that Clark being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and also the fact that he had relationship issues were factors that had to be considered in her decision to not charge the officers.
The leaders stressed that the fight for justice isn’t over and they plan to lobby city officials until the two officers who killed Clark are removed from the police force.