Sacramento Police Release Video Footage That Captures The Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Stephon Clark
Body cam and aerial footage only show figures running in the dark.
March 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm
After the shooting death of unarmed 23-year-old Sacramento resident Stephon Clark, Sacramento police released videos from two body cams and aerial footage showing officers chasing and firing 20 shots at Clark.
Police killed Clark while responding to a call about a man smashing car windows Sunday night.
According to The Sacramento Bee, police assumed that Clark was the armed culprit responsible for the vandalism.
"At the time of the shooting, the officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them," police said in a statement.
But the young father was unarmed when police fired at him in the backyard of his grandparents' house where he lived.
Footage from all three perspectives shows officers weaving through the neighborhood until they found Clark in the backyard. Officers covered behind a house, and one officer yells "Gun!" several times before both open fire. The 20 gunshots are all fired within about two seconds, according to the videos.
"He came up, and then he kind of approached us hands out, and then he fell down," one of the officers says. Then, one of them says he saw "something in his hands — it looked like a gun from our perspective."
— Keith Jouganatos (@KeithJouganatos) March 21, 2018
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT.
The moments leading up to #StephonClark's shooting from 2 body cameras and an aerial perspective.
"Gun, gun gun!" – an officer yells. Police later said they believed Clark had a toolbar, but only found a cellphone. @ABC10
— Frances Wang (@FrancesWangTV) March 22, 2018
Community activists and family members are demanding answers following the tragic shooting. Many questioned why police needed to fire 20 times at a man suspected of smashing windows.
“I want whoever is responsible to be held accountable,” brother Pharrell Clark said.
“He was a great father, he was a perfect father … all he loved was his children.”
Stephon's partner has spoken out about the shooting using Twitter to demand justice.
My husband is trending #StephonClark. mA. My baby love you are being heard. You would have loved all this attention, they’re talking about you everywhere baby. We will make sure we get justice. They won’t get away with this.
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) March 21, 2018
In an interview with ABC 10, Salena Manni, Clark's girlfriend, said that it has been difficult explaining Clark's death to his two sons, Aiden and Cairo.
"I have to wake up every morning to my kids asking me, 'Where's Daddy? Let's go get Daddy,'" Manni said. "'Daddy's always in our hearts forever. Don't forget that.' Even today, my son he doesn't understand hearts and tummies. He goes 'Daddy's with me. He's in my tummy.'"
#StephonClark’s girlfriend tells me she worries about the ‘daddy’s love’ her children will miss out on. Clark grew up without a father, so he was determined to alway there for his sons, Aiden & Cairo. https://t.co/CQNSLKc1aX
— Frances Wang (@FrancesWangTV) March 21, 2018