VIDEO: Bodycam Shows 'Unarmed Black Man' Take Shooting Stance At Cops

Video of the officer-involved shooting of Stephon Clark has been released.

Original story by Holly Matkin

Sacramento, CA – 911 audio, bodycam video, and helicopter video were released on Wednesday showing the officer-involved shooting of Stephon Clark (video below.)

The shooting of Clark sparked outraged after stories spread claiming that Clark was an unarmed black man who was standing with his phone in his own backyard. Those stories are largely gross misrepresentations of the facts.

Police responded to a residential neighborhood at 9:18 p.m. after they received a 911 call that a man was breaking into vehicles, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Investigators located at least three vehicles in the area that had been broken in to, according WGNO.

Soon thereafter, the officers received a notification from deputies inside a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) helicopter that they had witnessed a man in the backyard of a residence, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Stephon Clark, was 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.

The homeowner, 88-year-old Bill Wong, was not injured during the incident.

The deputies in the helicopter said that, after shattering the window, Clark began running south.

He then leapt over a fence into an adjacent backyard, which happened to belong to his grandparents.

Clark made his way towards the front of his family’s property, and stopped to peer into another vehicle along the way, police said.

Officers on the ground spotted Clark 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 and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him,” police said.

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

"He looked back at our officers and faced them,” Sacramento Police Department (SPD) Sergeant Vance Chandler said, according to WGNO. “[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 two officers fired 10 rounds each, and Sgt. Chandler said he did not know how many times Clark was hit.

The Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Investigators soon discovered that the object in his hand was a cell phone.

Clark had been residing at his grandparents’ residence “off and on” for over a month, after he was released from jail, his family told The Sacramento Bee.

Despite his youth, Clark had an extensive criminal history, including two felony counts of domestic abuse, robbery, firearm possession, and possession of a controlled substance.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, as per protocol.

One of the officers had six years of law enforcement experience, while the other had served a total of eight years, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Clark’s family members have demanded answers regarding the events that resulted in Clark’s death, and claimed that police unjustifiably killed an “innocent” man.

"An innocent black man, going to his grandma and grandpa's house where he lived," Clark's aunt, Shernita Crosby, told WGNO. "How are you going to explain that? How are you going to justify that?"

“He was running," Crosby said. "So that means that he was probably saying, 'This is my grandmama's house. This is where I live. Leave me alone.'"

"He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard?" Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson told The Sacramento Bee. "C'mon now, they didn't have to do that."

Clark’s family described him as a stay-at-home father of two sons, who are one and three years old.

It was unclear who was caring for Clark's children while he was incarcerated.

His family and protesters staged a demonstration in the neighborhood on Monday night, WGNO reported.

The videos and 911 calls are below.

911 Audio:

Helicopter pursuit video:

Bodycam 1 - Shooting just after 7:40 mark:

Bodycam 2 - Shooting just after 8:05 mark:

Comments (25)
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xot98
xot98

The videos are dark and unclear. A lighter blob in the middle of the person-shaped bigger blob looks like it could be hands held together in the chest area. Just not seeing how the video shows what the headline claims. Also, what's going through the mind of a person who pretends (without a gun even!) to shoot at police??? (By running in the first place it seems he wasn't suicidal.)

Conwol
Conwol

The Aunt needs to get her head on straight.
This guy was in& out of jail for many other things.
If the police did not kill him, this nutcase would have killed some innocent victim. Go march in your streets to demand answers. The Marchers will probably destroy every car, every store in the neighborhood anyway.
These police did their job, as they should have.
Glad that they are safe and were able to return home to their families.

AngreeMann
AngreeMann

Stupid is as stupid does.

RunCop
RunCop

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