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Sacramento Police Release Bodycam Video of the Murder of Stephon Clark
by Justice for Stephon Clark
Thursday Mar 22nd, 2018 10:31 AM
Sacramento Police fired 20 rounds when they murdered an unarmed Stephon Clark, a 23 year old black male, on March 18. No weapon was found. Only a cellphone was recovered at the scene.
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Police fired 20 times at Sacramento man fatally shot while holding a cellphone

SACRAMENTO — Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents’ backyard.

Police say the man was spotted breaking vehicle windows Sunday night. Sheriff’s deputies in a helicopter say they saw him break a neighbor’s sliding glass door.

Two arriving officers chased him into the backyard of his grandparents’ home, where he was staying. The department says they opened fire when he pointed what they thought was a handgun.
No gun was found.

Relatives identify the man as 22-year-old Stephan Clark. Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thomas, questioned the officers’ decision to fire at Clark while he was in his own backyard. She told The Sacramento Bee , “they didn’t have to do that.”
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by Justice for Stephen Clark Thursday Mar 22nd, 2018 10:31 AM
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§Video Shows Officers Killing Stephon Clark in His Backyard
by Democracy Now Sunday Mar 25th, 2018 12:45 AM
In Sacramento, California, police have released a pair of videos showing the moments before a pair of officers shot and killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an African-American father of two who was gunned down in his own backyard. At the time of the killing, officers were investigating a 911 call reporting someone in a hoodie in the neighborhood breaking the windows of cars. One newly released video, taken from a police helicopter, shows thermal images of Clark being pursued outside his home by two officers, who draw their pistols on him.

Officer 1: “All I can tell you is he’s got a hoodie on. He’s running toward the front yard at 29th Street, 29th Street. He’s looking into another car that’s in between the fence and the front yard.”

Another disturbing video, from a body camera worn by one of the officers, shows the moment Clark was killed in a hail of 20 bullets as both officers opened fire.

Officer 2: “Show me your hands! Gun! Gun! Gun! [gunshots] 5-7, shots fired. Suspect down!”

The Sacramento Police Department says officers waited for about five minutes before approaching Clark to administer medical attention after they shot him in his own yard. The officers initially claimed they opened fire after Clark advanced toward them holding an object they believed was a gun. In a separate statement, the department later said the officers believed at the time that Clark was holding a “tool bar.” Clark was found to have only a cellphone on him at the time of his death.

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