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US Stephon Clark shooting: How police opened fire on an unarmed black man holding a cellphone

00:31  24 march  2018
00:31  24 march  2018 Source:   latimes.com

Police shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own backyard. All he was holding was a cellphone.

  Police shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own backyard. All he was holding was a cellphone. Officers say they mistook Stephon Clark’s cellphone for a gun. Activists want more answers. Police killings of unarmed black men helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Now a new tragedy — the shooting death of an unarmed black man in his own backyard — is raising new questions about how much things have changed, if at all. Police killings of unarmed black men helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Now a new tragedy — the shooting death of an unarmed black man in his own backyard — is raising new questions about how much things have changed, if at all.

In the late evening of March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark , a 23-year-old black American man , was shot and killed in Meadowview, Sacramento, California by Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet, two officers of the Sacramento Police Department in the backyard of his grandmother’s house while he

Stephon Clark was shot by Sacramento police in the backyard of his home Sunday. Police said officers believed he was holding a gun, but all At City Hall, members of Black Lives Matter and other activists condemned the incident as yet another case of officers shooting an unarmed black person.

Stephon Clark was shot by Sacramento police in the backyard of his home Sunday.

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Police said officers believed he was holding a gun, but all they recovered at the scene was a cellphone.

Here's a breakdown of the case that has sparked protests and outrage:

Q: What happened?

A: The deadly encounter occurred Sunday behind the home that relatives said Clark shared with his grandparents and siblings. A 911 caller had reported to police that a man had "busted both my truck windows out, and he's in people's backyards right now." The caller said the man was wearing a black hoodie.

The officers arrived in the neighborhood at 9:13 p.m., the department said. About 9:25 p.m., the sheriff's helicopter spotted a man in a backyard and told police that the suspect had picked up a "toolbar" and broken a window to a home. As the man climbed a fence and entered another yard, the pilot directed officers to his location.

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Police fire on unarmed black man 20 times. SACRAMENTO, Calif. Black Lives Matter Sacramento is organizing the rally in honor of Stephon Clark , a 22-year-old who was shot Sunday night in his grandparents' backyard, where he was staying. But Clark was only holding a cellphone .

How Stephon Clark Was Killed by Police in His Backyard. There was a cellphone next to Clark ’s body. No guns were found. Officers involved have been put on paid leave as district and The killing quickly came under scrutiny as another example of officers opening fire on an unarmed black person.

Police say Clark scaled a tall fence and peered into a vehicle before running into his backyard, where officers pursued and shot him.

Clark, it turned out, had no weapon, only a cellphone.

Q: What do the videos show?

A: Sacramento police have released video footage from the body cameras worn by the two officers who encountered Clark, as well as from the sheriff's helicopter, showing the shooting after a chaotic nighttime pursuit last weekend.

Shaky body cam footage shows officers running up a dark driveway with flashlights. "Hey! Show me your hands! Stop! Stop!" an officer yells. As the officers run into a backyard, they turn a corner and spot Clark in the glare of their flashlights. The officers take temporary cover behind the corner and then confront the suspect once more. This time, an officer yells at Clark to show his hands, then begins shouting, "Gun, gun, gun!" Gunfire then erupts.

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A unarmed Black man was shot by two police officers in Sacramento, California this weekend, after officers said they believed their lives were in danger because the man was holding a cell phone they thought was a gun. Stephon Clark , 22, was in the backyard of his grandparents’ house

Nearly a year after Sacramento police fatally shot Clark , a 22-year-old unarmed black man who died in his grandmother's backyard, DA Anne-Marie Schubert presented her office's findings A protester holds a photo of Stephon Clark during a Black Lives Matter protest in Sacramento on March 22, 2018.

A total of 20 shots were fired.

A department statement said that "prior to the shooting, the involved officers saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands. At the time of the shooting, the officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them."

Q: What do independent experts say about the videos?

A: The Los Angeles Times talked to several experts, and they were divided about the police response.

Ed Obayashi, a deputy sheriff and legal adviser to Plumas County, specializes in examining police shootings. He called Sunday's shooting "reasonable," adding that "a cellphone can easily be perceived as a gun in that environment of poor light."

Obayashi said the officers' "threat radar is way high" after moving through backyards in pursuit of a suspect reported to have committed several dangerous felonies, including breaking into a home. "This guy wasn't complying with orders and raised his hands with an object in his hands," he said.

Geoffrey Alpert, a University of South Carolina criminologist who studies police chases and shootings, disagreed.

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Stephon Clark , a 22-year-old unarmed man , was shot by the police in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento on March 18. Police body camera and helicopter footage shows details of what happened.

The Sacramento Police Department provided more details Tuesday regarding a shooting that occurred Sunday where officers fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own backyard, mistaking his cellphone for a weapon.

"It doesn't look good," Alpert said, noting that "the yelling of the word 'gun' here seems to trigger the shooting."

"The officers are going to have to explain all 20 shots. They are going to have to justify repeatedly shooting," he said. "The bottom line is we have a young African-American man with a cellphone being shot dead by police."

Q: What has been the reaction in the community?

A: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Thursday, blocking a freeway and access to a Sacramento Kings game. At City Hall, members of Black Lives Matter and other activists condemned the incident as yet another case of officers shooting an unarmed black person.

More protests are expected Friday.

Police said they are trying to be transparent about the shooting by releasing videos but urged patience as the department investigates.

"I urge our community to remain peaceful, to respect one another, to try and be extra kind to each other," Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. "Let us channel our anguish into healing and to justice."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said she was "sickened by the senseless shooting. ... His life mattered, and he should be alive today. I extend my condolences to his children, family and friends."

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