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New Yorkers took to the streets to demand justice for Stephon Clark

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New York, NY – Hundreds of people took to the streets on March 28, 2018; to protest in New York City over the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man in Sacramento, California; chanting and carrying signs as they marched from Columbus Circle to Times Square. Police say at least 11 people were detained. It was not immediately clear what charges they could face. 

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Stephon Clark was a 22 year old Black man and father of two. He was killed by Sacramento Police officers on March 18, 2018; in his own backyard. They shot him over 20 times claiming they thought he had a gun. He had a cell phone in his hand.

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Clark was killed by officers responding to reports of a man smashing car windows. Police bodycam video shows the officers chase Clark and corner him in a backyard. The officers say in the footage that they believed that Clark was armed; one shouts “Gun! Gun! Gun!” before the officers fired 20 times at him. No weapon was found, only a cellphone.

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For five minutes, no officers approached Stephon or offered him medical aid, instead continuing to shout at him to show his hands. He was not moving. Officers eventually handcuffed his lifeless body. No weapon was in sight. 

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As the video continues to roll in the aftermath of the shooting, one officer says, “Hey, mute,” and the videos’ audio goes silent. Police say their investigation into Clark’s death will include why the officers muted their cameras.

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The Sacramento mayor, Darrell Steinberg, initially released a statement saying he would not “second-guess” the officers, prompting swift backlash. In an interview Monday, he said the videos made him feel “really sick” and that the outcome was “wrong”.

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Citing the “extremely high emotions, anger and hurt” in Sacramento following the shooting death of Stephon Clark by police in his grandmother’s backyard, police Chief Daniel Hahn said Tuesday that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will hold an independent investigation.

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