BREAKING: Stephon Clark Shooting Ruled Justified - Unrest Expected

The shooting of Stephon Clark was determined to be legally justified.

By Sandy Malone and Christopher Berg

Sacramento, CA – Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced Saturday that the officers involved in the shooting of Stephon Clark would not be charged.

Schubert started her announcement stating that she wanted to make "an apology to the Clark family."

"There is no question that the death of Stephon Clark is a tragedy not just for his family, but this community," she said.

Schubert said that it was her office's job to determine if a crime was committed in the shooting of Stephon Clark, and they determined that the officers did not commit a crime.

The decision came after an investigation by the Sacramento Police Department, an investigation by the California Department of Justice, and an expert consultant.

The incident that led to Clark’s death began when officers responded to a 911 call about someone breaking into cars at about 9:18 p.m. on March 18, 2018.

Schubert said that the investigation determined that the suspect who was reported has been confirmed to be Stephon Clark.

Upon arrival, officers found at least three cars that had their windows smashed in, and spoke to a neighbor who had confronted Clark with a baseball bat.

DNA and glass analysis now prove that Clark is the person who smashed the windows.

They were then notified that the police helicopter had spotted Clark in the backyard of a residence.

Clark appeared to be using a large object to break out the rear sliding glass door of the occupied home, deputies said. The entire sliding glass door was smashed, according to Schubert.

The helicopter and officers on the ground spotted Clark, 22, as he moved along the side of a house, later identified as his grandparents’ home.

The officers ordered Clark to show his hands and stop. Clark fled from officers into the backyard of the home.

Both officers pursued Clark, who then turned in a shooting stance and advanced towards officer with an object extended towards them. Clark advanced from about 30 feet away to being about 16 feet away from officers.

In the bodycam video, you could hear an officer yell, "Gun, gun, gun" as Clark took the shooting stance.

One of the officers later said that he saw a flash of light which he believed to be muzzle flash from a gun being fired. The bodycam captured the flash of light. The source of the light isn't clear, but one of the officers said it may have been a reflection.

The object in Clark's hand was later identified as a cell phone. A forensic examination of the phone show that Clark was not recording the officers at the time of the shooting.

The bodycam showed the officers talking immediately after the shooting, discussing if they were hit and how to safely remove what they believed to be a gun.

A toxicology report showed that Clark had alcohol, xanax, codeine, hydrocodone, marijuana, and cocaine metabolite in his blood.

Schubert explained that his toxicology report was relevant because it shows why Clark's behavior may have been altered.

Investigators later determined that two days before the shooting, he had committed domestic violence assault involving the mother of his children. At the time of the shooting he was wanted for the domestic violence and a felony probation violation.

The mother of Clark's children texted him that there was a warrant for his arrest and he was going to be locked up for the rest of his life.

Clark drafted an e-mail to law enforcement about the domestic violence and said that he was afraid he'd be put in jail.

He then searched over two dozen sites about how to commit suicide, which primarily focused on suicide by drug ingestion. Xanax and alcohol mixture was a combination which came up in his search results.

He then texted the mother of his children asking if she wanted him to kill himself and he sent her a picture of xanax pills and threatened to take them all.

Schubert said that her office determined that there was probable cause to stop Stephon Clark, and his flight didn't remove their responsibility to stop him.

Under the laws directing officers' use of force, police were justified in using deadly force against Clark, Schubert said.

Sacramento is now prepared for violent protests.

In the initial wake of the shooting, Black Lives Matter protesters shut down city streets and highways, and prevented sports fans from getting to games in the Sacramento arena.

Black Lives Matter protesters even showed up to harass one of the police officers involved in the Clark shooting as he ate lunch with his groomsmen on his wedding day.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn asked the notoriously liberal state attorney general to conduct an independent review of the shooting to “help build faith and confidence” in the investigation not long after it happened, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg recently gave his State of the City address and apologized to the Clark family, according to KOVR.

“I think that the mayor delivering the State of the City at the Pannell Center in South Sacramento was more than symbolic, it was substantively important,” Law Enforcement Accountability Directive Founder Mark Harris said. “It was the mayor shining the light of the city on South Sacramento, within blocks of where Stephon Clark was murdered.”

Steinberg has also dedicated $200 million for job programs and housing in low-income areas, including South Sacramento, KOVR reported.

Harris said that mayor’s efforts may help to diffuse violent protests in reaction to the charging decision.

Comments (33)
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Grog
Grog

The facts are pretty clear, but unfortunately, facts don't matter to this other element in our society.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

If you're stupid enough to take a shooting stance toward cops with ANYTHING in your hand that can even remotely be construed as a firearm, then advance on them, you're going to get what you're asking for.

investigator
investigator

Don't take a cell phone to a gun fight! Glad the Officers can continue to do their jobs!!

Buzz17
Buzz17

Why is anyone apologizing to the Clark family? If anything, THEY should be apologizing to the entire community for not raising their son to be more responsible, such as getting married & getting a job before fathering kids. When will the black community start accepting full responsibility for its terrible decisions & actions? You don't see any other ethnic group get treated with kid gloves.

Any_One
Any_One

Anne Marie Schubert was wrong to apologize! After reading the story about him searching for suicide tips, it couldn't be clearer this was suicide by cop. He was just smashing windows to get the cops to come do it.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I never thought there was a doubt,...oh, that’s my level headed thinking. I forgot that this happened in the Socialist country of Kalifornia.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Let the "Hunger Games" begin. Shoot a few looters caught looting and watch looting subside.

Katarina
Katarina

Protesting what? That no one in this man's family or community tried to talk sense into him before he obviously begged to be shot?

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Please don’t call it “unrest”! Call it what it is... an excuse to loot.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Has the city paid the family a kings ransom, aka ghetto lottery, yet? I actually had a hard time finishing reading the story when I saw the city 'apologized' for the illegal actions of Clark. WTF It's obvious he wanted to die and used the police officer to do it.

Protector$
Protector$

Apologize for what? Should be the other way around...he was screaming for help and his family did not help him.

Mic911
Mic911

He chose that style of life, no reason why the city needs to apologize!! He wasn't your all American poster child. Do the crime, do the time. In his case he paid with his life..

In 2014, records show, Clark was arrested and charged with felony robbery and assault and endangering the life of a child. He pleaded no contest and spent a year on a Sheriff’s Department work project to satisfy his jail term. In late 2015, he was charged with misdemeanor loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution after sheriff’s deputies stopped him and a woman while they were driving in a “high prostitution and crime area” in North Highlands. He again pleaded no contest.

In 2016, Clark was charged with domestic violence “resulting in a traumatic condition” to the victim. When police arrived, according to court records, they found the woman holding a bag of ice to her face. She said Clark punched her. He pleaded no contest in that case as well. Last year, he was charged a second time with domestic violence. He spent 120 days in jail, was placed on probation and completed a batterer’s treatment program, records show.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I went to a Sacramento news source where the head of the Black Lives Matter chapter in that city said that the mayor and the police were racist to assume the protests would be violent. She said "what are they basing that on"? Silly goose, maybe they were looking at all the other violent protests from your membership.

Rayb
Rayb

Of course it was justified! The guy was scum of the earth... he had been pimping out his teenage girl friend.. on 5 different illegal substances when he was killed.. and we’re apologizing for it? I wouldn’t be surprised if that A-hole Governor Newsom didn’t step in to try reversing the decision... and the mayors statement was SO absurd..

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

One less turd in the septic tank.

Rayb
Rayb

Yes.. ghetto lottery!! A friend of mine who is taking flying lessons at a Sacramento airport told me Stephon Clark’s brother came in while he was there..wanting to buy a helicopter..or a jet.. they told him they didn’t sell those.. already spending his ghetto lottery !!!

61mouse
61mouse

When Simon says stop ....STOP

Woobie46
Woobie46

Haven't read any comments yet, but I just have to ask: HOW IS THIS A TRAGEDY FOR THE COMMUNITY - or any community? This guy was a complete lunatic and wanted to die and he got his wish and everyone should be THRILLED! Parents sometimes can't see how bad their kids are, but no reason law enforcement should screw around waiting to be shot. This kid deserved exactly what he got. And screw the parents...perhaps if they'd been paying attention to him for FIVE MINUTES, they would have known how far down he'd sunk.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Stop the fucking pandering!!! We don't owe the family jack shit!! They should be apologizing to their community for their fucked up son!!! And paying for the damages he caused!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Buzz17 "When will the black community start accepting full responsibility for its terrible decisions & actions? You don't see any other ethnic group get treated with kid gloves."

Answer- They won't. The needed level of personal maturity, willingness to take personal responsibility, and overall general intellect is missing from the majority of its members. It is far easier for those described to blame other people /other reasons for their failures or misgivings. Until we as a society stop treating the black community "with kid gloves" then they will continue along this same path. In some regards this works for them and of course in other aspects they are killing each other at a staggering rate. You may also notice we hear little from the Sharptons and Kamalas and Bookers ,etc. of what they as a community need to be doing to effect a change. These "leaders" prefer to "fan the Flames of Blame" to ensure they stay in office /in power and by doing so they create a "need" and support from this community. To change a part of any social equation and come up with a different answer the person needs to: be willing to first discuss the problem honestly...then be willing to make a definitive change,.... and finally implement the plan(s). Otherwise that equation will continue to keep coming up with the same answers that most others have observed for years. I am old enough to have observed this situation for decades and have not seen positive changes coming from this community in regards to what is mentioned here.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Get his brother back on TV, always good for a laugh and only makes his family look worse!

motorcyclepops
motorcyclepops

So the BLM folks are all over this NOW.......... If black lives matter so much, why weren't they in the community earlier involving themselves in this young mans life to help him with issues facing SO MANY young men? Could it be because they have an agenda to promote and not because they give a shit about a young black man getting shot?? If black lives matter, why are they never around till a black life is taken?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

He was unarmed.... no gun was on him.... He was high as a kite, and a stellar member of society.... the shooting was justified (because they thought they saw a gun), but the city will settle the lawsuit.... as this was a tragedy that an unarmed man was killed. This isn't as cut and dry as other police involved shootings.

And now the family is trying to get the laws changed:

spd522
spd522

Incidents like this have me thinking of getting a MAGA hat just for fun.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So, how much looting has happened thus far?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wait a minute.....laws don't apply to black people. Just ask BLM. They'll tell you. 🤔

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Fuck you BLM. Fuck you for dividing this country even more than it already was after 8 years of B. Hussein Obama. Fuck you for distracting from real issues and real solutions. Fuck for destroying the lives of so many innocent people. Fuck you for giving gang bangers and drug dealers ( who commit 99.999999% of the murders of minorities) the big pass because you are a bunch of fucking pussies. Fuck you all for making WORKING Americans late for work by blocking streets all over the country and causing the death of at least one person. Furthermore BLM , if there is ever a breakdown of law and order in this country, stay off of the streets because decent Americans will kill the fuck out of you all.

Louise S
Louise S

Unrest expected? Don't you mean riots, lootings, murders, assaults and gang shootings? All in the name of BLM and let's kill whitey...get real, report real.