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 silversides    245

Unarmed black man carrying only a cellphone when he was shot by cops

22-year-old Stephon Clark is the latest black man to be unfairly targeted by the police. He leaves behind two sons

SHIRA TARLO03.21.2018•4:01 PM

Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black man, was fatally shot and killed by Sacramento police in his own backyard Sunday night. Clark was carrying a cellphone, not a firearm, when confronted by two officers, the department said in a statement late Monday.

Stephon Clark was gunned down in the backyard of the south Sacramento home he shared with his grandparents and siblings, his 25-year-old brother Stevante Clark told The Sacramento Bee. The police department said officers were responding to a call that a 6-foot-1 black man wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and dark pants was taking cover in a residential backyard after shattering car windows with a toolbar.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies circling the area in a helicopter spotted Clark in a nearby backyard, reportedly breaking a window with a toolbar, and directed the two officers on the ground to his location.

Law enforcement officials said they believed Clark was armed with a gun at the time, though no firearm was found at the scene. Officials said Clark had an "object in his hands" that he extended while advancing towards the officers, and that's when "officers approached the suspect, handcuffed him and began life saving efforts." The officers fired multiple rounds at Clark, shooting him several times, officials said.

The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel. He left behind two young sons, Cairo and Aiden, his family told The Bee.

Sequita Thompson, Clark's grandmother, told the news outlet that she was awake and sitting in the dining room when she heard four gunshots. “The only thing that I heard was pow, pow, pow, pow, and I got to the ground," she said. Thompson also said neither she nor her husband heard the officers issuing commands before firing.



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 Picklesnout    1,408

Mercy for this father and the family left behind. Too many folks dead by cop. I appreciate our leo's, but it has gone too far to the aggressive side. 

::::::uploading a dose of sherrif Andy Taylor::::::

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 September    467

There is no way this could have happened in Sacramento, the capital of liberal utopia California, where blacks are empowered and police state officers serve the best interest of every comrade.

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