Angry protest over shooting of unarmed black man in…
24 March, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Sergio Cook
Protesters calling for justice after an unarmed man was shot and killed by police officers Sunday night delayed the start of a Sacramento Kings game and blocked traffic on Interstate 5 Thursday evening. The demonstrators also blocked access to the Golden 1 Center, preventing some fans from attending a Sacramento Kings game. They also went to an National Basketball Association arena and kept many fans from attending the Kings game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Officers encountered Clark in the yard around 9:30 p.m. and ordered him to show his hands.
Clark was killed by police officers who were responding to a call about a man breaking auto windows on the 7500 block of 29th Street in South Sacramento.
After police are seen running down a driveway after Clark and taking cover at the edge of the building, they yell several times for Clark to stop and show them his hands before several shots are fired. After chasing him a short distance, the officers opened fire hit him 20 times. "At the time of the shooting, the officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them". "Stop! Stop!" an officer yells.
A protester holds a photo of Stephon Clark during a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside of Sacramento City Hall on March 22, 2018 in Sacramento, California.
When backup arrives, one of the officers who fired says, "We can't see his left hand".
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Investigators will also look into why in some parts of the police body camera footage, the audio is muted, he added. "Show me your hands, gun, gun, gun".
Video taken from the helicopter appeared to show Clark scaling a tall fence and peering into a vehicle before running into his backyard, where officers pursued and shot him. Media outlets have reported this as an official police statement, in addition to the news that Clark allegedly broke a window with a "tool bar" minutes before the shooting.
Clark was suspected of breaking into cars in a South Sacramento neighborhood.
The protests emerged after the department released video footage on Wednesday from police body cameras and a sheriff's helicopter. "Gun!" moments before they began firing their weapons at Clark. The suspect turned and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him.
Clark's death comes on the heels of other high-profile instances of law enforcement shooting unarmed black men in recent years, including the deaths Michael Brown in 2014 and Walter Scott three years ago. The officers involved in the shooting have since been placed on paid administrative leave. City Councilman Larry Carr decried the loss of life and said police must provide timely information.
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