SHARE
  • Salena Manni, left, the fiancee of Stephon Clark, hugs Clarks grandmother Sequita Thompson at a rally aimed at ensuring Clarks memory and calling for police reform, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The gathering comes nearly two weeks after Clark, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers in Thompsons backyard. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Curtis Gordon, left, the uncle of police shooting victim Stephon Clark, speaks at a rally aimed at ensuring Clarks memory and calling for police reform, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The gathering comes nearly two weeks after Clark, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers, in the backyard of his grandmother, Sequita Thompson, right, who is being hugged by Clarks aunt Jamilia Land. Standing in the background is former NBA player Matt Barnes, a Sacramento native, who organized the event and announced he was starting a college scholarship fund for Clarks two sons and children of parents killed by police nationwide. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • An attendee holds a sign as he joined others at a rally aimed at ensuring the memory of police shooting victim Stephon Clark and calling for police reform, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The gathering comes nearly two weeks after Clark, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds
  • Former NBA player Matt Barnes holds Cairo, one of the sons of police shooting victim Stephon Clark, as he speaks at a rally aimed at ensuring Clarks memory and calling for police reform, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The gathering comes nearly two weeks after Clark, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers. Barnes, a Sacramento native, who organized the event, announced he was starting a college scholarship fund for Clarks two sons and the children of parents killed by police nationwide. At left, the Rev. Shane Harris holds Clarks other son, Aiden. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Salena Manni, the fiancee of police shooting victim Stephon Clark, holds the couples son, Aiden as she and Clarks uncle, Curtis Gordon attend a rally aimed at ensuring Clarks memory and calling for police reform, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The gathering comes nearly two weeks after Clark, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Curtis Gordon, center, the uncle of Stephon Clark, speaks at a rally aimed at ensuring Clarks memory and calling for police reform, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The gathering comes nearly two weeks after Clark, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Salena Manni, center, the fiancee of police shooting victim Stephon Clark, holds the couples son, Aiden as she is hugged by Cecilia McClenton at a rally aimed at ensuring Clarks memory and calling for police reform, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The gathering comes nearly two weeks after Clark, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers. McClentons uncle, Joseph Mann, was shot and killed by Sacramento police nearly two years ago. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Show Caption of Expand

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE

SACRAMENTO — The family of Stephon Clark joined hundreds of people at a rally urging Californias capital city not to let his memory or calls for police reform fade nearly two weeks after the 22-year-old unarmed black man was killed by Sacramento officers.

Clarks fiancee, Salena Manni, stood on stage with his two young sons, grandmother and uncle for the

Related Articles

gathering Saturday organized by Sacramento native and former NBA player Matt Barnes, who pledged to create a scholarship fund for the children of black men killed by police.

“All he wanted to do was go see his sons again, and unfortunately he cant,” Curtis Gordon, Clarks uncle, said as he recalled seeing his nephew hours before the shooting. “So remember that — while we mourn, while we shout, while we cry — because it aint just our pain, its their pain.”

Barnes amplified calls for charges against the two officers who are on administrative leave.

“Its more than color — it comes down to right and wrong,” he said. “Youre trying to tell me I can kill someone and get a paid vacation?”

Your ads will be inserted here by

Easy Plugin for AdSense.

Please go to the plugin admin page to
Paste your ad code OR
Suppress this ad slot.

The peaceful demonstration that drew between 200 and 300 people to a downtown park came a day after a private autopsy released by the family showed Clark was shot from behind.

Clark was killed March 18 by two police officers responding to a call of someone breaking into car windows. They yelled that he had a gun before shooting, but it was only a cellphone. The police department says it has not received an official autopsy report from the county coroners office.

A female demonstrator was hit by a Sacramento County Sheriffs Department vehicle as a crowd began marching in the streets after another vigil Saturday night. In a statement early Sunday, the department said “the collision occurred while the patrol vehicle was traveling at slow speeds,” adding that the woman suffered minor injuries.

The statement also said the sheriffs vehicle, which was surrounded by protesters yelling and pounding on the car, “sustained scratches, dents, and a shattered rear window.”

Activists and faith leaders called for justice not just for Clark, but for all black men killed by police. Family members of Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento police in 2016, also spoke. The chairman of a police oversight commission urged attendees to continue their activism by showing up to meetings and pushing for systemic change.

Community leaders urged the city to set a national example.

“This little small town can show this nation our great big heart,” the Rev. Kevin Ross said.

About 150 people attended another vigil and protest Saturday night outside a sheriffs department office. It was the latest disruptive but mostly peaceful demonstration since Clark was killed.

Protesters have twice blocked fans from entering games involving the NBAs Sacramento Kings at a downtown arena, but there were no signs of trouble amid a big police presence at a game Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors.

The Friday release of the private autopsy commissioned by Clarks family has prompted fresh outrage. Pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, known for his study of a degenerative brain condition in football players, announced that Clark was hit by eight bullets — six in the back, one in the neck and one in the thigh — and took three to 10 minutes to die. Police waited about five minutes before rendering medical aid.

Omalu said the proposition that Clark was assailing the officers, meaning he was facing them, is “inconsistent with the prevailing forensic evidence.” He said it was unclear if Clark would have survived had he gotten immediate medical attention.

A day after the shooting, police distributed a news release that said the officers who shot Clark “saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands.”

Police video of the shooting doesnt clearly capture all that happened after Clark ran into his grandmothers backyard. Clark initially moved toward the officers, who were peeking out from behind a corner of the house, but its unclear if he was facing them or knew they were there when they opened fire after shouting “gun, gun, gun.”

After 20 shots, officers called to him, apparently believing he might still be alive and armed. They eventually approached and found no gun, just a cellphone.

[contf] [contfnew]

daily news

[contfnewc] [contfnewc]

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here