A family-ordered post-mortem of Stephon Clark, the unarmed California man shot in his grandmother’s yard by police who say they thought he was holding a weapon, revealed that Clark was shot eight instances from behind or on his facet.
Clark, an African-American man who was on the time carrying solely an iPhone was shot twice within the neck, 4 instances within the decrease again, as soon as within the leg and one time within the armpit, in response to the report obtained by The New York Times. Not one of the photographs entered from the entrance.
“These findings from the unbiased post-mortem contradict the police narrative that we’ve been instructed,” Clark household lawyer Benjamin Crump mentioned in a press release.
“This unbiased post-mortem affirms that Stephon was not a menace to police and was slain in one other mindless police killing below more and more questionable circumstances,” he mentioned.
Clark’s dying has sparked protests across the Sacramento space as lots of of activists blocked site visitors and crowded the streets on Thursday holding indicators studying “Justice for Stephon.” They have been joined by civil rights leaders such because the Rev. Al Sharpton, who additionally spoke at Clark’s funeral.
Crump says the post-mortem defies a police narrative that Clark was menacing officers, who have been heard yelling “gun!” repeatedly on physique digital camera footage.
“Our post-mortem has proven that he was shot repeatedly within the again — which is definitely not attribute of somebody menacing officers or getting ready an imminent assault,” Crump instructed the Instances.
Officers concerned within the capturing have been responding to a name a couple of man breaking into parked automobiles with a crowbar. Residents have argued the police response was disproportionate to the alleged crime.
Lots of of demonstrators, led by Clark’s brother, stormed a city council meeting on Tuesday evening, briefly shutting down the assembly concerning the capturing.
“The mayor and town of Sacramento has failed all of you,” Stevante Clark instructed the group on the assembly.
The California legal professional basic’s workplace introduced on Tuesday that it will be helping native regulation enforcement with the investigation into the capturing.