Posted by Jack
5 Mar 2019 – Upon hearing that no charges will be filed against Sac PD officers for killing Stephon Clark, a large crowd made up of Black Lives Matters protesters, supporters and family of Clark’s rushed into the City Council Chambers and disrupted a meeting. For a time it was pandemonium. One of the protesters leaped onto a table and started yelling threats, however police were prepared and responded quickly to restore order. 84 arrests were made.
Background: Two Sacramento officers who shot Clark were responding to a report that a man had broken car windows and was hiding in a backyard. The person who called 911 told police the man — later identified as Clark — had jumped a fence. Police discovered he’d moved through two backyards into another property, Schubert said.
The prosecutor went through a lengthy presentation involving body cameras, helicopter surveillance video and photos. She said Clark vandalized three cars, moved to a backyard and broke a sliding glass door to a room where an 89-year-old man was watching television. He then jumped to another yard.
Directed to Clark’s location by the sheriff’s helicopter, the officers chased him to a backyard, one that belonged to his grandmother.
“Hey, show me your hands,” the lead officer said. “Stop. Stop.”
Clark was about 30 feet away behind a picnic table, the prosecutor said.
“Show me your hands,” an officer said, breathing heavily. “Gun. Gun.”
About 20 shots are heard in the body camera recording. An officer says, “He is down. No movement. We’re going to need additional units.”
Schubert described Clark as taking a shooting stance and officers firing after they saw a flash of light that one believed came from a gun. A cellphone was found underneath Clark’s body.
The tests showed Clark likely had done cocaine at some point in the two or three days before he died, but the drug had flushed out of his system by the time he was killed. Clark had a mix of drugs, including marijuana and alcohol in his body and it likely altered Clark’s state of mind, independent experts said.
“All of this stuff, especially taken together at that concentration, would impair a lot of people,” said Dr. Maurice Preter, a forensic neuropsychiatrist and professor at Columbia University and the Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.” Sac-Bee
The DA concluded that under the circumstances there was no wrong doing on the part of the officers, that it was just a tragic series of events that began with Clark’s criminal conduct. However, the FBI has decided to investigate the matter to determine if Clark’s civil rights were violated. This has not tempered the rhetoric coming from the protesters, many of whom said this clash with police is not over.