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– Family, friends and strangers, some expressing anger and frustration, gathered in Sacramento on Wednesday for a public wake for 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an unarmed man shot by police in his grandparents’ backyard. Any one of the eight bullets that struck Clark could have proved fatal, Dr Omalu said. The other two came through his side and his left thigh. None of the shots that entered his body were frontal. His back was facing officers when a barrage of six bullets hit him.
The neck wound was from the side and the shot to the leg hit Clark in the front, apparently fired after he was already falling.
Omalu said it appeared that the coroner did not seek to determine the pathway of the bullets, key to determining their sequence. Bodycam footage of the incident released by Sacramento police last week showed officers did not immediately render aid after firing at Clark.
Dr. Bennet Omalu, attorney Dale Galipo, attorney Brian Panish and attorney Ben Crump examine a diagram showing gunshot wounds to Stephon Clark during a news conference at the Southside Christian Center on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. As such, it’s not clear if that autopsy comes to the same conclusions as the one reached by the pathologist employed by Clark’s family.
A newly-released autopsy report seems to contradict the police narrative surrounding the shooting of Stephon Clark.
“Well, it’s very simple”.
The Clark family lawyer hired Dr. Bennet Omalu, a private medical examiner, to conduct the independent autopsy. BLM activists had initially said that there would be no protests Thursday but when it became apparent that a demonstration would occur without their direction they scrambled to ensure the protests would not escape their control and take on an independent character. “We definitely want to support Matt and everybody that’s trying make a stand”.
Police reported that they had been responding to a report in the neighborhood about vehicle break-ins.
Police have said he was moving towards officers in a menacing way when they fired. “The only items found near the suspect was a cell phone”. The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has not publicly released Mr. Clark’s autopsy results, but did confirm that he died of multiple gunshot wounds. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine how this happened”, co-counsel Attorney Brian Panish said.
On Tuesday, his brother, Stevonte Clark, stormed a city council meeting with protesters and said the authorities had “failed all of you”. Protesters and the police had a brief standoff near an interstate ramp before protesters went a different direction.
Black Lives Matter’s Sacramento is planning a protest starting at 8 p.m. Friday in reaction to the autopsy.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders had called the shooting a “local matter” when questioned by reporters earlier in the day.
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Stephon Clark is seen in an undated family photo.
The protest was entirely peaceful. They said they falsely thought Clark was holding a gun. “It’s a systemic problem national politicians don’t seem to want to deal with, even though no town in America is immune to this”.
Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn told CNN he doesn’t know why the cameras were muted.
“There’s an fantastic solidarity among our community that cuts across races and agendas”, said Williams.