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Protesters rally for justice for Stephon Clark

03 Avril 2018

An autopsy commissioned by Clark's family shows he was shot eight times, with six of the bullets striking him in the back.

The eight bullets that struck unarmed Stephon Clark hit him in the back or side, and none came from the front, clearly refuting the contention by police that Stephon was moving toward them when they gunned him down. Barnes, a Sacramento native, who organized the event, announced he was starting a college scholarship fund for Clark's two sons and the children of parents killed by police nationwide.

Police have said Clark was facing and advancing toward officers who thought he had a gun when they fired, and then could not approach Clark for five minutes.

The officers, one of whom is black, were put on leave but days of disruptive protests followed the incident, which has revived a recurring debate over police abuses against African Americans.

"Generally speaking, part of the outrage in the community is not only for this shooting but it's for all police shootings that are happening of unarmed people", said Dale Galipo, another Clark family lawyer.

Following release of the autopsy results, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg asked for calm from the community.

The decision of whether to bring criminal charges against the officers involved remains with District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, although Becerra said his office could also bring charges. His death "took anywhere from three to 10 minutes". But police found no gun after killing Clark.

On Friday evening, a march began at City Hall and continued through downtown Sacramento, according to the Associated Press.

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"Stephon is going to live on for generations, generations and generations", he said. "We must choose nonviolence to make sure that we protest in our most productive way possible".

"The officers responded to a call", Hahn said, "and ultimately were able to see the subject they believed was responsible for the breaking into the cars that they were there for". His story was illustrated in the theatrical film "Concussion", in which he was portrayed by Will Smith. Officers have the discretion to turn off the camera in various circumstances, including tactical or confidential discussions, if 'a recording would interfere with his or her ability to conduct an investigation' or 'if it is necessary to discuss issues or concerns with an employee, supervisor, doctor, nurse or paramedic in private'.

Clark is one of at least 269 people fatally shot by police so far this year, according to The Washington Post's database tracking such deaths.

After the funeral, Clark family attorney Crump called for peace.

Stephon Clark in an undated photo.

In a separate statement regarding the independent autopsy, Benjamin Crump, the family's attorney, said Dr. Omalu's findings "contradict the police narrative that we've been told". The New York preacher said it was time to "stop this madness" of fatal shootings by police officers. "The damage to the vehicle was not a result of the collision involving the pedestrian but was caused by vandals in the crowd", Hampton said in a statement.

"As the Mayor of our city, I assure the community and the public that we will aggressively seek answers to all the questions the community is rightfully asking", Steinberg said.

Protesters rally for justice for Stephon Clark