Police Shooting Of Unarmed Man Prompts Questions

Stephon Clark Stephan Clark Sacramento Shooting

Clark was shot in his own backyard, with officers firing 20 rounds at the unarmed man.

When backup arrives, one of the officers who fired says, "We can't see his left hand". Officers did not find a gun at the scene.

Video footage released by Sacramento police shows two officers yelling that a man had a gun before they fatally shot him.

The crowd was about half the size of Thursday's largely peaceful protest, which drew 500 people, briefly blocked traffic on I-5 and wound up at Golden 1 Center.

The release of the video late on Wednesday sparked street protests.

Vivek Randive, the Kings' owner, acknowledged the protests after the game.

The police officers who shot Stephon Clark have been placed on paid administrative leave. "We at the Kings recognize people's abilities to protest peacefully and we respect that. That's what we need to talk about: Is there not another way?" he told The Sacramento Bee. It's a privilege but also a big responsibility. "We stand here before you, old, you, black, white, brown, and we are all united in our commitment".

This is a test for the Sacramento Police Department. Police were called and as a helicopter hovered overhead, Clark ran. Two officers then chase him into a yard where one can heard saying, "Gun. Gun".

Afterward, police found no weapon, only a cellphone. "Due to law enforcement being unable to ensure ticketed fans could safely enter the arena, the arena remains closed and we ask fans outside to travel home", the statement read.

Betty Williams, the president of the Sacramento chapter of the NAACP, is expected to meet with Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn on Thursday to address community outrage at the weekend shooting.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg offered his condolences to Clark's family and said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" for the city. "He loved both of them to death".

"The questions raised by the community and council members are appropriate and must be answered during the investigation", Steinberg said, though he noted that he had reviewed the police videos carefully and said, "Based on the videos alone, I can not second-guess the split-second decisions of our officers, and I'm not going to do that".

The sequence of events leading up to the shooting happened after police received a call that a six-foot-one man wearing a black hoodie and dark trousers was breaking into vehicles, breaking auto windows and was hiding in a backyard, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

The videos include body camera footage from the two officers involved in the shooting, each of whom fired 10 shots at Clark.

The footage shows Clark running to the backyard at his grandmother's house where, seconds later, the officers fired 20 times at him.

Police say they fired at Clark, who matched the description of a suspect who was breaking vehicle windows, because they believed he possessed a firearm, which turned out to be an iPhone.

"But that could be more the product of hope than reality", he said, with the officers still in shock and anxious about their own safety.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's helicopter circling overhead found a man in a backyard at about 9:25 p.m. and directed police officers toward him", authorities said.



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