Official Coroner's Report On Stephon Clark Very Different From Family's Autopsy

The official coroner's report on the Stephon Clark shooting was very different from the autopsy paid for by his family.

Sacramento, CA – The official coroner’s report was released Tuesday on the shooting of Stephon Clark, and the findings were significantly different from those released after a private autopsy paid for by Clark’s family.

The private autopsy released on March 30 was arranged by Clark Family attorney Ben Crump and was conducted by forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, KCRA reported.

But Sacramento County Coroner Kimberly Gin found a number of discrepancies in that report and sought to correct the record in the community with the release of her official findings.

In a letter to police on April 27, Gin explained that she’d brought in five additional pathologists into the case "in light of the erroneous information that was released from the private autopsy,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

“Thank you for your patience while I took extra steps in this process to ensure that the facts presented by my officer are true facts backed by scientific research,” Gin wrote.

Stephon Clark, 22, was fatally shot by police on March 18 in his grandparents’ backyard when officers responded to 911 calls about a man breaking into cars and homes. Recordings later revealed that one of the 911 calls came from Clark’s own grandfather.

Clark ran from police, then turned and faced them in a shooting stance. Officers fired at Clark, but investigators later determined that he had been holding a cell phone.

His death sparked protests that became riots and shut down parts of Sacramento.

Gin’s letter, with the accompanying official report, explained the differences between the findings of five pathologists and the one hired by the Clark’s attorney.

"It is clear from review of the written report and photographic documentation that Stephon Clark was struck by seven bullets, not eight as claimed by Dr. Omalu in his press conference statements and as shown on his autopsy diagram," wrote Dr. Gregory D. Reiber, a Roseville pathologist who conducted an independent review of the county’s findings based on diagrams, photos, body camera videos and other evidence, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The official coroner’s report determined that Clark was, in fact, facing police when he was shot, most likely in a crouching position, rather than turning away from them as Omalu’s report for Clark’s family claimed.

“At no time does the video show Clark to have the left side of his body facing the officers' position as shots are fired, nor does the video show him turning around from a left-facing position, still upright, and putting his back squarely toward the officers as there are further shots fired which then dropped him," Reiber wrote. "The video evidence provides clear refutation of Omalu's description of Clark's positioning during the shooting as described in his press conference statements."

Sacramento police issued a statement Tuesday saying the shooting “is still being actively investigated by our department and the state of California Department of Justice.”

“We are committed to a thorough, fact-based investigation that shows our commitment to truth, integrity and our community,” the statement said. “The release of the autopsy report is consistent with that endeavor, as it will inform our community on significant facts related to this incident.”

Sacramento police released a statement on May 2 the said the shooting was “still being actively investigated by our department and the state of California Department of Justice,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

“We are committed to a thorough, fact-based investigation that shows our commitment to truth, integrity and our community,” the statement said. “The release of the autopsy report is consistent with that endeavor, as it will inform our community on significant facts related to this incident.”

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John-Brown
John-Brown

The ghetto lottery "forensic pathologist" upped the wound count and the trajectory direction? Say it isn't so.

BoycottNFL
BoycottNFL

Crump is the male version of Gloria Allred. Ambulance and headline chaser for big settlements.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Of course we've been lied to, all you need to do is take one look at the complainants and the answer is simple. But they don't care. This is all about lining their pockets with tax payer money. It's the way of the world we live in. If you're a minority the quickest way to wealth is through the new government lottery.

John-Brown
John-Brown

That's bad. Even the very unfunny Kathy Griffith said that Allred was a piece of shit after she hired her to help her save her non career because of the Trump head fiasco.

cclaxton
cclaxton

The truth doesn't matter to the activists. They only care about the myth as generated by those sympathetic to Clark.

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

Oh so he was shot only 6 times? Wow, that's a relief, i hope he makes it now that the bullet count is lowered.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

The "truth" is whatever the cops and those who cover up their crimes says it is. The interesting thing in this situation is that none of the dozens of yea sayers she hired including herself, challenged any of the medical evidence pertaining to where the bullets entered the murdered victims body. All Kimberly said was that the video evidence contradicts the physical evidence. Grasp at any blade of grass that keeps you from falling off the cliff.

RunCop
RunCop

Crump and Omalu.....enough said!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Omalu is renowned for his work. He was the doctor responsible for exposing the NFL concussion coverup.

Jsmoe
Jsmoe

And clearly a liar what a shocker. Just like all the lies from the Michael Brown private autopsy.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The video doesn't show anything clear. If it was that clear, maybe they wouldn't have shot someone holding a cell phone.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Crump is the biggest joke of an attorney that has ever walked. He promises people the moon and he does exactly what Al Sharpton. He raises hell and when he sees he can’t win he tucks his tail and is gone.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Crump is the biggest joke of an attorney that has ever walked. He promises people the moon and he does exactly what Al Sharpton. He raises hell and when he sees he can’t win he tucks his tail and is gone.

LEO0301
LEO0301

LOL Yeah, he's so competent he couldn't even count the bullet holes!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Maybe he shouldn't be breaking into cars and homes, ingesting a number of different drugs, running from the police and pretending he had a gun instead of a cell phone. Guess what? If he did all those things he would be alive today, Cheech.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@ShelbyCole, He died idiot. You think they do autopsies on living humans?

b1rd
b1rd

Eagleshit the truth isn't what you want it to be. Liberals continually deny video evidence claiming it has been altered except when it fits their agenda then they are all over it.

FrogHill
FrogHill

Haaa good ole Ben Crump. Say it aint so Ben, say it aint so!

Catdaddy53
Catdaddy53

Its really quite simple. Obey the law and you wont get shot.