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Mon Apr 2 2018 (Updated 04/17/18)
Sacramento Sheriff Tries to Cover Tracks on Hit-and-Run of Protester
NLG Confronts CHP and Sheriff on Abuse of Stephon Clark Demonstrators and Legal Observers
The National Lawyers Guild of Sacramento contradicts the lies being circulated by cops and corporate media regarding what occurred at the Stephon Clark demonstration at Florin Road and 65th Street in South Sacramento on Saturday night, March 31. NLG Sacramento states, "Our six-person legal observer team, including lawyers and legal workers, was on the scene for about six hours. We witnessed cases of harassment and excessive force by the California Highway Patrol and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, including the unprovoked hit-and-run of a demonstrator, the issuance of unlawful orders and threats to our legal observers.

"Our video of the hit-and-run incident clearly shows the pedestrian crossing to the sidewalk in front of a Sacramento Sheriff's vehicle and almost to the other side of it before the vehicle quickly accelerates, making a loud 'thud' sound, knocking her to the ground before then speeding off.

"When we attempted to report the crime to a nearby CHP command vehicle, the officer would not take the report and threatened our team member repeatedly with arrest. When we approached Sacramento Sheriff Dept. and CHP vehicles later to make the report, we were also threatened with arrest, although law enforcement is aware we are legal observers (we wear bright green hats) for a bar association, not protest participants.

"The Sheriff Dept. statement today that its vehicle was ‘slow moving’ is dishonest and misleading — the vehicle accelerated rapidly into the pedestrian, and then left the scene of the crime. Further, any statement by law enforcement that injuries to the woman hit and thrown to the ground are 'minor' is self-serving."

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