Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Protest over shooting of unarmed man overtakes freeway

Protest over shooting of unarmed man overtakes freeway

Police in Sacramento, California shot and killed an unarmed black man in his grandmother's backyard because they believed he was pointing a gun at them, police said. That is why protestors made a point of holding them up Friday.

There was shouting but no apparent violence as frustrated fans waited outside. The peaceful rally delayed the start of the night's game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Community members and activists are gathering at Sacramento City Hall on Thursday to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police.

Teriah says that she attends the march and brought her son to the demonstration, held in response to the shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento Police, because.

Finally, police officers decide to approach his lifeless body, discovering that the object they saw in Clark's possession was his cellphone.

A total of 20 shots were fired. Sacramento police says officers receiving death threats after fatal shooting " It is indoctrinated into their bloodstream to fear us, but today we stand right now to tell you we are human beings and the United States of America - this is our country", said Reverand Brian Levingston of Destiny Church.

After police are seen running down a driveway after Clark and taking cover at the edge of the building, they yell several times for Clark to stop and show them his hands before several shots are fired.

The same news release also reports that a Sacramento County Sheriff's helicopter had "advised" police that Clark "had just picked up a tool bar and broke a window to a residence".

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Investigators will also look into why in some parts of the police body camera footage, the audio is muted, he added.

"When they executed him in his own backyard they offered him no humanity after the killing".

When asked whether releasing the videos increased trust with the police department, he said: "I have seen some of the conversations change since we've had that video released to the facts of the case, as opposed to filling in the facts because there is a void of facts".

Body camera footage shows officers checking yards and speaking with neighbors before a sheriffs helicopter spots Clark in the backyard. "We are committed to providing timely information and communicating openly with our community".

Shaky bodycam footage shows officers running up a dark driveway with flashlights.

The decision to compel release of the videos followed a series of controversial incidents, including one in July 2016 in which two Sacramento Police Department officers tried to strike a mentally ill homeless man with their cruiser. "Gun, gun, gun", one of the officers yells before they begin shooting. "I don't want them to be next", protester Tami Collins told Capital Public Radio.

Police were called and as a helicopter hovered overhead, Clark ran.

The Facebook event page read in part: "We are exhausted of Sacramento law enforcement killing us!" Both are on paid administrative leave.

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