Protests Block Streets After the Funeral for a Man Shot by Police in Sacramento

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By Belen Dumont 4/2/2018

A Sacramento church filled with a crowd of about 500, including friends and family, celebrated the young life of Stephon Clark last Thursday. The 22-year-old son, father, and fiancee was a black man, who was not armed when fatally shot by two Sacramento police officers on March 18.

The two officers were responding to reports of someone breaking car windows. A police body camera video shows Clark running into his grandmother’s backyard while officers shouted, “Gun, gun, gun,” right before firing 20 rounds at Clark. Clark was found holding a cell phone.

The victim’s brother, Stevante Clark moved throughout the church, embracing loved ones. Stevante hugged and kissed his brother’s casket, before leading the crowd in a chant of his brother’s name, according to the Associated Press.

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The Associated Press reported that about 100 protesters gathered on downtown streets later Thursday, blocking the area during rush hour, as they demonstrated for three days. However, Stevante Clark told protesters not to block the Sacramento Kings NBA game nearby like as they had for the two previous games.

“We’re not trying to start a riot,” Shernita Crosby, Stephon Clark’s aunt, told The Associated Press. “What we want the world to know is that we’ve got to stop this because black lives matter.”

The Kings announced a partnership with Black Lives Matter Sacramento along with other activist organizations to support youth programs, according to The New York Times. The team also revealed plans to create an educational fund for Stephon Clark’s children.