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

NNBS

angel12824
angel12824

More of the same..."But he was just a good boy..." with an extensive criminal record and caught breaking into your neighbors house.

Duder1897
Duder1897

Good riddance. Well done officers.

gypsyhawk
gypsyhawk

To state the obvious; If the suspect had done as ordered by officers he would be alive. The suspect has total control of his destiny. The officers are always at a disadvantage because they have to react to what the suspect does.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Perhaps special video equipment can adequately freeze stop visuals of the shooting, but common viewing/stopping/viewing by home computers do not establish anything ... but that the perp was not in an obvious surrender position of any kind prior to be shot.

Chrmnma0
Chrmnma0

Good grief. The guy was in his own home. What perp? You all looking for any excuse to shoot someone and you wonder why people don't trust the police.
"A shooting stance." If the cops busted in on you in your own home while doing nothing wrong, what would you do?

Rocklover66
Rocklover66

This guy got exactly what he had coming. He was a thug and now he paid the ultimate price for it. You play you pay. One less thug breaking into cars and stealing hard working American's property!

JMK2244
JMK2244

First, was he actually IN his own home? Not according to the entire report. Second, I'm sorry, but anyone posturing themselves in a "shooting stance" at police, is not innocently standing there. Law enforcement should not have to determine in those few seconds IF the suspect who is in a shooting stance, actually has a weapon. Third, despite what you and others believe, the majority of law enforcement officers DO NOT WANT to shoot anyone! And let me tell you, the after-affects of a police shooting are NOT kind to the officer or his family. Officers are human. They suffer in ways most people do not even realize (or, in some cases, care) when they are forced to shoot someone.

Whatever0623
Whatever0623

Being there, with a clearer view, the officers could see him well enough to tell the difference of 'hands on chest' and arms extended in front of chest' Either he thought the officers would back up around that wall and he could run for it again (scare tactic) Or he wasn't going back to jail. No one know but him. He gambled he lost. Sad for him and his family. Sad for the officers that are going through just as much hell as the families.

Whatever0623
Whatever0623

Did you even bother to listen to the 911 call? Did you even bother to read the text written above?
(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 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.)
Geez, your opinion is irrelevant.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Umm, he wasn't in his own home when he broke into cars and a home that didn't belong to him. He was actively committing crimes and ran from the police. Just because he found his way to a family member's back yard doesn't mean he is "home" free. This isn't a game of tag, moron.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Wonder if some people think the cops will chicken out if they pretend to present a deadly threat? They obviously don't pay attention to 99.99% of what will usually happen when you pretend to point a gun at a cop chasing you because you're wanted for a multiple felonies that just occurred.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Well, the police spokesperson(s) are saying that suspect was in a shooting stance. That may, or may not, be true and I guess that is what they are investigating. I am not even clear as to whether the policemen yelled stop before, or after, the suspect entered his backyard. If they yelled stop after he entered the backyard, then it probably is not fair to say that he ran from police.

Crockett
Crockett

This is one of the problems with not allowing the investigation to complete before passing judgment.

Grog
Grog

He should have obeyed the Officer.

BluLine
BluLine

Did you even read the article? He wasn’t in his home he was in his grandmas back yard. If they “busted in my home” and I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong...... I WOULD DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY TOLD ME TO DO. You’re an idiot.