Prosecutors will not file criminal charges against two police officers involved in the shooting death in Sacramento, California, of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was killed nearly a year ago, officials said on Saturday. Colette Luke has more.
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, (REUTERS, POLICE HANDOUT) – Nearly a year after unarmed Stephon Clark was fatally shot by police, prosecutors on Saturday say they will NOT file criminal charges against two Sacramento police officers involved in the shooting.
ANNE MARIE SCHUBERT, SACRAMENTO DISTRICT ATTORNEY,
22-year-old Clark was gunned down by police on March 18th in his grandparents’ backyard after police responded to a report of a person – which was later confirmed to be Clark – breaking car windows….
Before he was killed, officers discovered Clark near his grandparents’ home where he fled into the backyard.
Prosecutors on Saturday said that Clark advanced on the officers despite being told to stop…and was in a (quote) shooting stance with his arm extended” during the incident…
Police fired at Clark 20 times. An autopsy report later concluded that Clark was shot seven times. Police say the officers who shot Clark feared he was holding a firearm, but later found out he only had a cellphone…
STEPHON CLARKS GRANDMOTHER:
“They didn’t have to kill him like that… they didn’t have to shoot him so many times..”
Clark’s death sparked protests and added fuel to a national debate on police force against unarmed black people…
Following Stephon’s death, his brother protested at a city council meeting….
…and chanted during his brother’s funeral…
Sacramento’s District Attorney on Saturday said she hoped that the community stay united following the decision…”
“I understand if they’re upset, but I am hopeful that people can unite together instead of divide.”