Stephon Clark protesters march downtown, block entrance of Golden 1 Center

24 March, 2018, 16:37 | Author: Elena Summers
  • Video Shows Sacramento Police Shooting Unarmed Black Man in His Own Backyard

For the second time in 24 hours, protesters blocked traffic near the state capitol to protest the shooting death of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police.

Demonstrators blocked the entrance to a local arena where an National Basketball Association game between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks was being held, chanting "Black Lives Matter".

Around 3 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers prevented protesters from entering Interstate 5.

Sacramento police officers shot and killed Clark Sunday night.

Police said they feared he had a handgun when they confronted him after reports that he had been breaking windows in the south Sacramento neighbourhood. After chasing him a short distance, the officers opened fire hit him 20 times.

Sacramento police guidelines posted on the department's website do not specify that officers must identify themselves when encountering suspects. "Stop! Stop!" an officer yells.

At City Hall, members of Black Lives Matter and other activists condemned the incident as yet another case of officers shooting an unarmed black person. A tight circle of light from a source held or worn by the officers bounced off the grass as the officers ran along the side of the yard, arms extended and guns drawn.

"We are so very sorry for your loss", Ranadive said. Clark does not respond and officers continue speaking to a still body.

In video recorded by two officers' body cameras and from the helicopter, police yelled, "Hey, show me your hands". Officers on the ground cornered him and, believing he had a gun in his hand, fired 20 rounds.

Clark's grandmother said she was inside the house when the shots were fired and saw him with an iPhone.

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Although the case remains under investigation, veteran Sacramento civil rights attorney Mark Reichel reviewed the videos for The Bee and said he can not see evidence that would lead to criminal charges against the officers.

"When you look at the facts here, Clark had no gun, he had no weapon, he made no threats".

He praised Mr Hahn for quickly releasing videos of the shooting and said the department has improved its policies since the fatal shooting of a mentally ill black man in 2016.

Clark was suspected of breaking into cars in a South Sacramento neighborhood.

Steinberg said appropriate questions have been raised about the protocols for using force and rendering emergency aid during police shootings and they must be answered in the investigation.

Sacramento police and the president of the Sacramento Police Officers Association could not be reached on Friday.

"When we have that information and the public doesn't, we think its important to get that out", a representative of the firm told the Sacramento Bee.

The group marched through downtown streets, chanting and speaking out against "wrongful deaths of black Americans by police".

The two officers involved in the shooting have not been named; both have been placed on paid administrative leave. He said he's "livid" with the police right now.

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