Protest over shooting of unarmed man overtakes freeway

Cheryl Sanders
March 26, 2018

During an interview with Beth Ruyak, the chief discussed the Clark shooting and said that he never possessed a firearm. [.] Show me your hands!

"It gives them a sense that his death will mean something", Simmons said.

But 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.

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.

Police say the officers, one of whom is white and the other black, have two and four years of experience with the department, and both have four years of prior law enforcement experience with other agencies. "I told the officers, you guys are murderers, murderers, murderers".


Sacramento's mayor Darrell Steinberg said he was horrified by Clark's death but wouldn't second-guess the "split-second decisions" of the officers.

He praised the quick release of the helicopter and bodycam videos and said the police department had improved its policies since the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in 2016. They have also pushed for the adoption of police body cameras which were in use at the time of Clark's murder. The involved officers held their position for approximately five minutes, until additional officers arrived.

Police training expert Ed Obayashi told the newspaper: "It looks bad but (the officers) are still perceiving a threat, he's not obeying".

The protests Thursday were organized by Black Lives Matter Sacramento, which presents the issue of police violence entirely in racial terms.

"These bars went up because people tried breaking into my home", said Rose Guido, 70, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1975 and lives a few houses away from where Clark was killed.


Although the police investigation of the shooting could take months, Crump said the family hopes to obtain Clark's autopsy soon.

Fearing Clark had a gun, they opened fire.

The Sacramento Bee reported that protesters at the Golden 1 Center on Thursday night formed a human chain across the arena's doors chanting "Shut it Down!" "Gun, gun, gun", one of the officers yells before they begin shooting. Police spokeswoman Linda Tucker said that is untrue. The surrounded officers then called in for backup and one officer used a billy club to push back the ring of protesters.

"Let's hit him a couple of times with that before we uh-" the officer says, though it appears the suggestion was heeded.

Steinberg said appropriate questions have been raised about the protocols for using force and rendering emergency aid during police shootings and they must be answered in the investigation. "I don't want anybody else to get hurt", he said.


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

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