Sacramento Preparing For Riots When Cops Who Shot Stephon Clark Aren't Charged

The district attorney and the attorney general are expected to release reports of their investigations this month.

Sacramento, CA – The City of Sacramento is bracing itself for "violent protests" when the Sacramento County district attorney and the California attorney general release their independent reports on the Stephon Clark shooting.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are expected to release their findings before the March 18 first anniversary of the shooting, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Their reports will determine the criminal liability of the two officers who opened fire on Clark after he took a shooting stance with them.

Clark subsequently was shot at least seven times, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Community activists have said they do not expect Schubert to return a verdict they support.

“[Schubert] is most likely going to do what she does every time and not charge them,” Adrianne Pennington, a member of Black Lives Matter, told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m not anticipating that she will be in the people’s favor. It would be great, but I’m not expecting it.”

Schubert has never prosecuted an officer-involved shooting, and protesters have showed up at her office 49 weeks in a row to complain.

Despite the complaints from activists, the district attorney was reelected last year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Blue Lives Matter Editor-in-Chief Christopher Berg said that the shooting was so clearly justified, there would be no ethical way a prosecutor could charge the officers.

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 pm. on March 18, 2018.

Upon arrival, they found at least three cars that had been broken into, and were then notified that the police helicopter had spotted someone in the backyard of a residence.

The suspect, later identified as Clark, appeared to be using a “tool bar” to break out the rear sliding glass door of the occupied home, deputies said. Investigators later found a cinder block and a strip of aluminum lying near the broken glass.

Officers on the ground spotted Clark, 22, as he moved along the side of his grandparents’ home, and “gave the suspect commands to stop and show his hands,” police said, according to The Sacramento Bee. “[He] immediately fled from the officers and ran towards the back of the home.”

The officers pursued Clark, who then turned in a shooting stance with an object extended towards police.

In the first video of the incident that was released, you could hear an officer yell, "Gun, gun, gun" as Clark took the shooting stance.

"He looked back at our officers and faced them,” Sacramento Police Department (SPD) Sergeant Vance Chandler said. “[He] had something, an object in his hand, and pointed it at our officers, and at that time our officers believed it was a firearm, and out of fear for their own lives they fired their service weapons."

The object was later identified as a cell phone.

Police have released 911 call recordings from the Clark’s grandfather and his grandparents’ next door neighbor that evening that showed his grandfather had asked the police for assistance.

In the recording, a man believed to be Clark's grandfather, Tommy Thompson, told the dispatcher that someone was in his backyard "beating on my window and I don't know what's going on," KCRA reported.

The grandfather, who had lost both of his legs to complications with diabetes, told 911 that he couldn’t get out of bed to see who was beating on his window.

Police advised the man to stay inside until he was contacted by police, KCRA reported.

Family members later said relatives regularly knocked on the rear window so Thompson could use a remote garage door opener to let them into the house, but his reaction and recorded 911 call the night of the shooting indicated otherwise.

Authorities have confirmed that the 911 call did, in fact, come from inside Clark’s grandparents’ home.

Police also released a recording of a 911 call received from Thompson’s next door neighbor reporting someone trying to break into his home, received just before the call from Clark's grandfather.

The Los Angeles Times hired a use-of-force expert to review the footage, and he said their cautious approach after the shooting was not unusual.

"One officer says he cannot see the young man's left hand on the ground," Ed Obayashi, a Plumas County sheriff's deputy and shooting expert, explained.

Obayashi said the officers thought Clark was playing possum, and may have been concerned about additional suspects in the area.

In the wake of the incident, 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.

Activists were initially thrilled that Becerra was getting involved, but have since changed their minds because he has refused to release law enforcement records related to the case under a new state transparency law.

Senate Bill 1421 was passed into law after the Clark shooting and requires the release of investigative and personnel records in officer-involved shootings and some instances of substantiated misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Becerra has said he is waiting for a ruling from the courts on whether the new transparency law can be applied retroactively.

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 if no charges are brought against the officers who shot Clark.

However, Black Lives Matter Sacramento Founder Tanya Faison disagreed with his assessment.

“They are spending a lot of money and putting in a lot of time when all that they had to do was make sure these officers are fired,” Faison said in a statement, according to KOVR.

Comments (22)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Oh boy, here we go again!

JBo
JBo

Break out the chips and beer and head for your favorite recliner.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Watch the aerial video of the shooting. The thing that struck me was when you see the two officers round the corner of the house. They BOTH at the same time have that ‘oh shit!’ moment and take cover behind the wall. Why would they do that if Clark didn’t appear to be pointing a weapon in their direction? If he truly was just standing there why wouldn’t they move in to make the arrest?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

I am hoping this time that they mean when they say "prepare" is that they have Police and National Guard on immediate standby. That they actually arrest looters and vandals......Not standing by and watching like they gave orders to do in Baltimore while lowlife thugs had a chimp out session at the business owners and cities expense. The Police want to enforce the law so please do not hold them back Sacramento. Come down hard and fast when the time warrants it. No mercy for the criminal monkeys and show you mean business. And to the store owners - Get your AR 15 or shotgun and do what you need to do to protect your livelihood.

Milman
Milman

Since when does BLM decide who is guilty and who is not? That is NOT the way it works.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

ALL store owners in the area should "Stand By" their stores with shotguns and shoot any looters breaking it. Looting doesn't have a thing to do with Mr Clark and they're just wild animals

cooldarth
cooldarth

Mayor Steinberg made a foolish remark in calling the shooting "implied racism." His ignorance of police work encourages the incidence of rioting. The officers involved did not care or consider what race Clark was. If you are told to stop and show your hands you don't take an aggressive stance that can be taken as pointing a gun. Tragic circumstances but Clark caused it. Steinberg's reaction is typical of liberal democrats; create problems where there are none.

Cooper001*
Cooper001*

Why do the blacks think they can get away with anything? I’m sick and tired of this BS.

llaird3
llaird3

Clark is a burglar which is a felony and he got what he deserved, case closed. Next time stay at home and take care of your family. Now they're in it for the money, that's all they care about

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

To our Brothers and sisters in blue in the Sacramento area, stand down. Stay at home, go fishing..whatever. Let it BURN!!!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Pretty damn SAD that the Mayor won't stand by his Officers -- What a POS !! Officers should all get the Blue Flu and let the Place Burn to the Ground !!!

sdba069
sdba069

Would you expect anything different from the mayor, or blm ?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I’m just saying, why does the public always riot and get “outraged” when things don’t go their way. Especially when they play race cards, wrongful death, civil rights, and whatever else comes to mind. When these criminals get out, and everyone knows they do, that’s why they have long raps, the police and the good citizens don’t get all “riot” happy and start trashing streets like big babies. I don’t know, like I said I’m just saying. These public misfits are just going off of what someone’s perception of what happened and because of skin color or race or whatever. Too much social media and pointing fingers. Accept the wrong doing and move on.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Why are you apologizing to the family of a criminal that got himself killed for disobeying police commands and taking a stance that got HIMSELF killed? As far as blm blocking the streets, I'd put out a nationwide call for rednecks, hillbillies and mudboggers to come and clear the streets for you. They''d be more than happy to oblige. Hey, we don't drive on your sidewwalks, you don't walk or stand still in our streets blocking them! There's a cure for that.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Sorry, but Clarks interaction with LE was on Clark!

Stanracer
Stanracer

BLM constantly forgets that the common denominator in police shootings is that the suspect doesn't comply with the commands. That's all they need to do. It's not complicated.