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Stand Up for Stephon Clark After DA Decision and Mass Arrest
by Cat Brooks
Monday Mar 11th, 2019 1:10 PM
On March 2, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Schubert announced that she will not pursue criminal charges against the murderers of Stephon Clark, Sacramento police officers Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal. Outraged by the decision, the community protested. On the night of March 4, Sacramento police mass arrested 84 people, including clergy and journalists. Cat Brooks recorded this message of solidarity on March 5: "I'm sending all my love to Sacramento, all my comrades out there in the streets."
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On March 11, Cat Brooks sends this call to action:

Last week, we received the expected results of the Sacramento District Attorney’s investigation into the murder of Stephon Clark. DA Anne Schubert stated that “In the name of justice, no charges will be filed …” against the officers who killed him. Stephon Clark was a young man, with a cell phone standing in his grandmother’s backyard, a place he called home, a place where he should have been safe. While we know that we cannot legislate our way to fairer policing as it is born of immoral roots in the chattel slave trade, we must do everything we can to stem the flow of Black, Brown and Indigenous Blood that flows every day at the hands of law enforcement in this country. That is why I am vehemently supporting AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives which would radically transform the conditions under which law enforcement can kill us. AB 392 simply says that law enforcement would need to exhaust all other alternatives — including deescalation — before killing us and our loved ones. I urge you to call your state representatives and ask them to support this bill.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Senator Nancy Skinner

Senator Scott Weiner

Additionally, the Sacramento community continues its wave of protests demanding the firing of the police officers who killed Stephon. They will be at the Sacramento Police Department tomorrow, March 12th at 3:00 pm. Please join them if you can.
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