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Offbeat Black Lives Matter crashes wedding of cop who shot Stephon Clark

12:16  08 august  2018
12:16  08 august  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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SACRAMENTO — One of the two officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in March was confronted by Black Lives Matter protesters on his wedding day Saturday Police haven't released the names of the two officers who opened fire on Clark in his grandmother's backyard, due to safety concerns.

In a video provided to CBS 13, Black Lives Matter protesters can be seen crashing the wedding of one of the police officerswho was involved in the shooting of unarmed 22-year-old black man Stephon Clark earlier this year. On March 18, 2018, Clark was shot by two police officers responding to

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — One of the two officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in March was confronted by Black Lives Matter protesters on his wedding day Saturday, reports CBS Sacramento. Police haven't released the names of the two officers who opened fire on Clark in his grandmother's backyard, due to safety concerns.

The small group of protesters had gotten word about the wedding and made sure they were there just hours before the officer was to say, "I do."

CBS Sacramento says the confrontation begs the question, is this going too far?

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Protesters say they've planned the protest since finding out about the wedding of one of the officers who shot Stephon Clark to death in march.

In the late evening of March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark , a 22-year-old black American man, was shot and killed in Meadowview, Sacramento, California by Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet, two officers of the Sacramento Police Department.

"I think they need to be approached in spaces where they're a little more vulnerable," Sacramento BLM founder Tanya Faison told the station.

According to the video released by Black Lives Matter, the officer was gathered in a room with his groomsmen Saturday when protesters barged in.

"I just wonder if you started planning your wedding before you killed Stephon Clark or after? How have you been sleeping since March 18?" said one protester in the video.

BLM says its members helped plan the confrontation ever since they found the officer's wedding website online, with information about the venue, a vineyard about an hour outside of Sacramento.

"We're not violent, we're not gonna give to them what they brought to our community, we're not gonna hurt anyone, but we are gonna make them uncomfortable, and they should -- because someone is dead," said Faison.

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — One of the two officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark was confronted by Black Lives Matter protesters on his wedding day. Sacramento police have not released the names of the two officers who opened fire on Clark on March 18 due to safety concerns. CBS13 has blurred

Black Lives Matter crashed the California wedding of one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark , confronting him over Authorities had not yet revealed the identities of the two police officers who shot and killed Clark in the backyard of his grandparents' home in South

But community member Michel Keeley told CBS Sacramento, "As a black man … I'm concerned whenever there's injustice on any black person. Certainly there's a right to protest, but I think there are limits when to protest in a public place and the right of privacy for your wedding."

Sacramento police say since the tragic shooting back in March, the two officers involved have needed additional security. They've received a number of death threats and are not working in a patrol capacity.

"People may think that these officers are just going about their lives, but this is a very traumatic event for everyone," said Sgt. Vance Chandler with Sacramento Police.

The case, which drew national attention and sparked protests across the country, is still under investigation, with no word from the DA's office on whether the officers will be indicted.

A day after the March 18 shooting, police distributed a press release that said the officers who shot Clark "saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands."

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Black Lives Matter activists in Sacramento say they crashed the wedding of an officer allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark , an unarmed 22-year-old black man. A group of activists found a website with the officer's wedding information and three people showed up at the

Black Lives Matter protesters crashed a pre- wedding event of a Sacramento Police officer involved in Stephon Clark 's fatal shooting . In the weeks after the March shooting , a representative from the law office of John Burris in Oakland identified the two officers whose names were withheld from the

Police video of the shooting doesn't clearly capture all that happened after Clark ran into the backyard. He initially moved toward the officers, who are peeking out from behind a corner of the house, but it's not clear he's facing them or that he knows they are there when they open fire after shouting "gun, gun, gun."

After 20 shots, officers call to him, apparently believing he might still be alive and armed. They eventually approach and find no gun, just a cellphone.

"I feel that our department has handled demonstrations and protests very well and we have taken great effort's to allow people to exercise their First Amendment rights but on this one what is the purpose of this?" he said.

That purpose, said Faison, is to remind folks that people are still hurting.

"Stephon Clark's family is still mourning and suffering. He doesn't get to be with his kids, or get married," she said.

Sacramento Police Officers Association President Timothy Davis responded to the wedding protest Monday night.

"The SPOA supports transparency within our Police Department. Transparency brings trust," he said. "Trust between our officers and the citizens they protect is an important aspect of a safe community. Our police officers are members of this community. They raise their families here. The send their children to schools here. They live their lives as a part of this community.

"Transparency comes with responsibility. Officers deserve to be free from harassment by individuals seeking their own forms of justice. True accountability can only come from our impartial judicial system and from our elected government.

"The SPOA will continue to advocate for transparency and thoughtful improvements in police policies, but we request the respect of our community. Give our officers the ability to safely raise their families alongside you."

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