(Sacramento, CA) – Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones says an investigation is under way after a sheriff’s patrol vehicle struck a protester and drove away Saturday night. Jones said he isn’t even sure if the deputy realized he clipped someone because he may have been focused on protesters who had surrounded his vehicle.
Jones released dashcam video from two patrol vehicles on the scene. The video showed a group of what he called professional protesters and instigators surrounding the vehicles. He said that group was not part of larger protests that evening.
People had taken to the streets to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black man.
(Sacramento, CA) – The Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for justice and offering support to the family of an unarmed black man shot and killed by police in Sacramento, California. Sharpton said the family of Stephon Clark “are why we are here.” Delivering the eulogy yesterday for Clark in a packed Sacramento church, Sharpton challenged the White House contention that police shootings are “a local matter.”
He called deadly police shootings a national issue and that Clark’s death has brought people of all religions together. He vowed they can make President Trump and the whole world deal with the issue of police misconduct. Sharpton proclaimed, “Stephon has woke up the nation.” The 22-year-old Clark was shot to death in his grandmother’s backyard by police earlier this month.
Sharpton was embraced by a sometimes distraught Stevante Clark, Stephon’s brother. He marched around the church and hugged his brother’s casket before taking over the church pulpit to express his anger and call for a library to be built in the name of his brother. He tightly grabbed Sharpton, who defended the man’s actions by saying you don’t tell people in pain how to handle pain.
(Sacramento, CA) – Protests are continuing in California’s capital city after an unarmed black man was gunned down by police last week. The death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark has sparked a wave of protests this week.A rally in the city led by former Sacramento Kings player Matt Barnes this afternoon, attracted hundreds calling for justice against the police officers who shot Clark in his grandparent’s backyard. Barnes offered his support to Clark’s family and two young children.
The rally comes after protestors marched in the streets of downtown Sacramento last night when the results of an independent autopsy found Clark was shot in the back several times.
(Sacramento, CA) – A Tallahassee attorney known for taking on controversial civil rights cases has been retained by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by police in California last week. Benjamin Crump gathered at Sacramento City Hall yesterday with Stephon Clark’s family members, the NAACP, and leaders of Black Lives Matter.He pointed out that white suspects in the South Florida high school massacre and the Texas package bombings were not shot, while the unarmed Clark was shot 20 times. Crump has represented families of victims in other shooting cases including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.
(Sacramento, CA) – The mayor of Sacramento, California says he’s “horrified” by video of police shooting and killing an unarmed black man. At a press conference today, Mayor Darrell Steinberg urged the community to remain peaceful after the killing of 23-year-old Stephon Clark last Sunday.
Clark was killed in his grandparents’ backyard when officers mistook his cell phone for a gun. Video of the killing was released Wednesday. Mayor Steinberg said the shooting warrants sorrow and an examination of police policies and procedures.