Protest after Sacramento cops who killed Stephon Clark let off

By Carole Lesnick
March 18, 2019
Protest after Sacramento cops who killed Stephon Clark let off
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Over 100 protesters took to the streets in Sacramento, California, March 4 to protest Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s decision not to file charges against the two cops who shot and killed Stephon Clark in his grandparents’ backyard a year ago. Clark, a 22-year-old African-American, had been holding a cellphone that officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet claimed they thought was a gun. They said the youth was coming at them, but a pathologist’s autopsy report shows Clark was hit by eight bullets, seven in the back. 

After marching through the city, the protesters were surrounded by over 100 riot police on a highway overpass. The cops carried out what they called a “mass detention,” arresting 84 protesters, including a reporter from the Sacramento Bee  covering the march. Even Sacramento Mayor  Darrel Steinberg had to say he had “questions” about the cops’ actions and the arrests.