18.04.02 Stephon Clark

April 2, 2018
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Police Shooting: Sacramento

Local story gains national attention.

Protests erupt nationwide. Civil right leaders respond. NBA players speak out.

Shooting happened at night, during a foot chase.

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  • On March 18th, around 9:30 p.m., police responded to a call about a man breaking car windows.
  • A police helicopter spotted a suspect & watched from above as Stephon Clark (22) ran from cops into his grandmothers backyard.
  • Officers called for Clark to stop & show his hands before one said they saw a gun. 20 shots fired.
  • A phone, but no gun, was found.
“Prior to theA shooting,A the involved officers saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands.A A At the time of the shooting, the officersA believedA theA suspect was pointing a firearm at them. After an exhaustive search, scene investigators did not locate any firearms.”

Sacramento Police Press Release, March 19, 2018

Investigations Ongoing:
Cops on Leave

“If an officer shot somebody for breaking into cars, that would definitely not be a justified shooting. They have to have reason, at the moment, that they felt that their life, or somebody else’s life, was in danger to do that.”

Chief Daniel Hahn, Sacramento Police

“Local Matter”

This is not a localA matter. They have been killing young black men all over the country, and we are here to say that we are going to stand with Stephon Clark and his family.”

Al Sharpton, funeral of Stephon Clark, responding to the White House Press Sec. responding to question on shooting by saying it's a local matter.

While the race of Stephon Clark is known (he's black) – the race of the cops is not. What are the statistics on police involved shootings? Its complicated. Read more for why:

by Jenna Lee,