On Sunday, March 18, around 9:18 p.m., Sacramento police responded to a call “that a thin, 6-foot-1 Black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants was hiding in a residential backyard after breaking car windows,” according to The Sacramento Bee. Just eight minutes later, officers fired over 20 times at 22-year-old Stephon Clark — in his own backyard. Reportedly, they “feared” for their lives because they saw a gun in his hand. It turned out he was only carrying a cellphone.
Follow Us On Twitter: The Latest Music, Celebrities and Interviews: Follow @‘oldschool1053’
There has been an outpouring of support. A GoFundMe campaign page, which set a goal of $80,000, was created for Clark’s funeral expenses. Over the past eight days, 2,349 people contributed more than $79,080. In addition, the Reverend Al Sharpton announced Sunday that he would attend Clark’s funeral.
Last night, there was a city council meeting to discuss the city’s response to the shooting. Stevante Clark, Stephon’s brother, was in attendance and led protesters in a chant of his brother’s name. Standing in front of council chambers, Clark said, “The mayor and the city of Sacramento has failed all of you,” mentioning high rent, gang violence and poverty in the city.
Journalist Monique Judge said on Twitter, “The meeting has just been interrupted by Stevante Clark, Stephon’s brother. He ran into the meeting and began shouting his brother’s name” and the mayor is begging Stevante to stop, but he is continuing to speak. The mayor is now recessing the council meeting. It will resume in 15 minutes.” She reports the meeting eventually resumed, but their was a crowd of protesters in the vestibule and riot police eventually showed up.
Prayers up to everyone affected by this tragedy. We hope Stephon Clark’s family gets justice.
Sign Up For Our Newsletter!
31 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody
1. Kathryn Johnston, 92Source:Getty 1 of 26
2. Tarika Wilson, 26Source:Getty 2 of 26
3. Shereese Francis, 30Source:Getty 3 of 26
4. Shantel Davis, 23Source:Getty 4 of 26
5. Alesia Thomas, 35Source:Getty 5 of 26
6. Malissa Williams, 30Source:Getty 6 of 26
7. Darnesha Harris, 17Source:Getty 7 of 26
8. Shelly Frey, 27Source:Getty 8 of 26
9. Miriam Carey, 34Source:Getty 9 of 26
10. Yvette Smith, 47Source:Getty 10 of 26
11. Michelle Cusseaux, 50Source:Getty 11 of 26
12. Aura Rosser, 40Source:Getty 12 of 26
13. Tanisha Anderson, 37Source:Getty 13 of 26
14. Eleanor Bumpurs, 66Source:Getty 14 of 26
15. Natasha McKenna, 37Source:Getty 15 of 26
16. Janisha Fonville, 20Source:Getty 16 of 26
17. Meagan Hockaday, 26Source:Getty 17 of 26
18. Alexia Christian, 25Source:Getty 18 of 26
19. Sandra Bland, 28Source:Getty 19 of 26
20. Gynnya McMillen, 16Source:Getty 20 of 26
21. Symone Marshall, 22Source:Getty 21 of 26
22. Korryn Gaines, 23Source:Getty 22 of 26
23. Deborah Danner, 66Source:Getty 23 of 26
24. Alteria Woods, 21Source:Getty 24 of 26
25. Charleena Lyles, 30Source:Getty 25 of 26
26. Cariann Denise Hithon, 22Source:Getty 26 of 26
‘Sacramento Has Failed All Of You!’: Watch Stephon Clark’s Brother Protest A City Council Meeting was originally published on newsone.com