Amid Mass Protests, Sacramento Police Release Video of Unarmed Man's Fatal Shooting

California mayor 'horrified' by video of fatal shooting; police fired 20 rounds at unarmed man

California mayor 'horrified' by video of fatal shooting; police fired 20 rounds at unarmed man

Demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old black father Stephon Clark blocked the entrance to the downtown Sacramento arena where a basketball game took place. After marching down Interstate 5, the demonstrators gathered outside Golden 1 Center, the city's sports arena where the Sacramento Kings NBA team was preparing to play against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Kings delayed the start time of the game and issued a statement saying they would not admit any more ticketed fans into the arena.

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 9:13 p.m., officers from the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) were dispatched to the 7500 block of 29 Street regarding a subject breaking into vehicles.

The March 18 shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police has generated nationwide controversy, especially after the release Wednesday of bodycam video from the two officers involved and aerial footage from a Sacramento sheriff's helicopter.

More than five minutes after the final shot was sacked and Clark's motionless body lay on the ground, the same female officer says, "Let's have the next unit just bring a non-lethal in case he's pretending".

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Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of SC and an expert on police use of force, said the officers may have a tough time explaining why they jumped to the conclusion that Clark had a gun. The officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them. "Stop! Stop!" officers could be heard shouting.

As ABC News reported, the demonstrations were led by Black Lives Matter Sacramento in a protest event titled "Turn Up - for Stephen Clark!".

Clark collapsed on the floor as the officers shot him.

Body camera footage shows officers checking yards and speaking with neighbors before a sheriffs helicopter spots Clark in the backyard. "Show me your hands, gun, gun, gun".

Hahn says Clark's death is a tragedy that shows there is much work to be done to improve police relations. Clark's family, through their attorney Benjamin Crump, disputed the police account that Clark was breaking windows.

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About seven uneventful minutes into the footage, the officers broke into a jog, running past unlit houses or dimly lit windows, and headed to another house. He commended the city's first black police chief, Daniel Hahn, for doing the best he could in the aftermath but criticized officers for their actions. The suspect turned and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him.

Clark routinely helped care for his grandparents at their home in south Sacramento, his cousin, Sonia Lewis, told Capitol Public Radio.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, the city's first black police chief, promised transparency and to work for better community relations since he took charge past year.

Both the officers who killed Clark are now on a paid administrative leave. City Councilman Larry Carr decried the loss of life and said police must provide timely information.

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