(Sacramento, CA-AP) – Police in Sacramento, California are under investigation after they arrested a 12-year-old African American boy one year after an officer shot and killed an unarmed black man in the city. Police are reviewing what officers did when they arrested the boy late last month.
The local Black Lives Matter chapter says video posted on Facebook shows several police officers and a private security guard forcing the handcuffed boy to the ground. The security guard told police the boy trespassed and asked people in a nearby Walgreens to buy things for him.
The arrest happened about a month after activists marked the shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. They demonstrated because the officer who killed Clark won’t be charged.
(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.
(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.
(Washington, DC) – The White House is dodging questions about the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento. Stephon Clark was shot to death in his grandmother’s backyard earlier this month when police thought his cellphone was a gun.
In a daily briefing Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the case and said it was a terrible incident, but it should be left up to local authorities to deal with, and is not something for the federal government to weigh into.
(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 Sacramento Kings are remembering an unarmed black man shot to death by police. The Kings wore black warm-up t-shirts with Stephon Clark’s name on the back before last night’s game against the Boston Celtics.
The front of the shirts was inscribed with “Accountability. We Are One.” A PSA video against gun violence the teams made played during the first quarter of the game. Last night’s expressions came three nights after a huge protest blocked the Golden 1 Center arena where the Kings play their home games.
The shirts were the idea of Kings guard Garrett Temple.Clark was in his grandmother’s backyard the night of March 18th when Sacramento Police officers shot him 20 times. Police were looking for a man reported to be breaking car windows. The officers who shot the 22-year-old Clark said he pointed a gun at them. It turned out he had a cell phone in his hand.
(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.