Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Reforms sped release of Sacramento police killing video

Andre Young who says he is a cousin of shooting victim Stephon Alonzo Clark stares at a protest sign during a demonstration Thursday Reforms sped release of Sacramento police killing video
Patty Aguilar | 24 March, 2018, 13:01

Police muted their body cameras just minutes after they fatally shot an unarmed Black man in his own yard, Vice News reported based on body camera footage released on Wednesday.

Protests have erupted in Sacramento days after two police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black 22-year-old man, in his grandmother's backyard.

Hahn says Clark's death is a tragedy that shows there is much work to be done to improve police relations.

Police claimed they thought the cellphone in his hand was a gun. Clark lived there, and his cousin says family members would knock on bedroom windows after dark to get someone's attention in the house, Mic reported.

But independent experts said the footage from body cameras and an overhead helicopter raises more questions than it answers.

In Sacramento, the police said in a statement that the shooting occurred when officers responded to a report that someone had broken auto windows in a residential area. "We here at the Kings recognize that we have a big platform".

The officers believed it was a firearm and feared for their safety, the department said.

Kings player Garrett Temple told ABC Sports he fully supported the protesters, adding: "If I didn't have a job to do, I would probably be out there with them, you know, peacefully protesting cause what's going on has to stop".

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Clark's grandmother said she was inside the house when the shots were fired and saw him with an iPhone.

The Sacramento shooting could lead some police departments to change their rules, but such policies can be hard to follow in the heat of the moment, said Eugene O'Donnell, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Clark's family has since started a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral expenses.

"The Sacramento Police Department (SPD) recognizes the significance of this incident and the impact it has on our community", the department said in the statement accompanying the video release. "Show me your hands... gun, gun, gun".

The video's audio also captured one of the officers seeming to suggest that they turn their cameras off. An analysis of 2015 police killings by the Guardian revealed that "racial minorities made up about 37.4 percent of the general population in the U.S. and 46.6 percent of armed and unarmed victims, but they made up 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police".

"They didn't follow their training, and they failed to de-escalate the situation", Brown said.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg praised the city's efforts to remain transparent by releasing the video but also said "it is not fair" to "render a judgment on the specifics in this case until more facts are known that explain what we all saw in the video". Why this was done and what was said is unknown at this time. The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave amid a use of force investigation, according to CNN.

The Rev. Al Sharpton has pledged his support for Clark's family and said he would be in California to help them fight for justice, according to a statement from his organization. Even then, the officer involved in the shooting pled out to lesser federal charges in exchange for state murder charges being dropped. "This moment is probably going to set us back". We got transparency. Now we need accountability.

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