Sadly, it was reported this week that no charges will be filed against the officers who killed Stephon Clark. Now, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has released her report and she makes ridiculous accusations about Clark.
KCRA reports, “In her analysis, Schubert also gathered information about Clark’s state of mind in the days leading up to the shooting, including a report of domestic violence by the mother of Clark’s children and Clark’s internet search history, which showed he had looked up how to commit suicide.”
Although Schubert said Clark’s death “was not a suicide by cop,” clearly, the insinuation plants a seed that he was emotionally stable, which, in their mind, justifies why he was shot.
Shubert also said, “Our review does not address if there is civil responsibility or civil liability on behalf of the officers in this case. Our review does not address any police policy and whether that policy may or may not have been violated.” Her review also claims that police officers thought Clark had a gun.
In late January, Clark’s family filed a lawsuit against California’s capital city police officers involved in the shooting.
“The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, names the two officers — Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet — as well as the City of Sacramento as defendants,” the New York Times reported. “It seeks at least $20 million in damages and was filed on behalf of Mr. Clark’s two sons, his parents and his grandparents.”
The lawsuit says Clark’s civil rights were violated. “There were other reasonable options available other than shooting and killing,” a lawyer for the family stated in the complaint.
“This family deserves answers and full transparency from the officers, the city and the Sacramento Police Department on the unjustified use of excessive and lethal force that killed Stephon Clark and robbed his children of a future with their father,” Brian Panish, a lawyer for Clark’s children, said in a statement.
On March 18, 2018, Sacramento police fatally shot 22-year-old Clark 20 times in his grandmother’s backyard during a vandalism investigation. Clark, a father of two, was holding a cell phone.
An autopsy performed by a world-renowned medical examiner determined Clark was shot in the back.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Stephon Clark.