California Police Shoot and Kill Unarmed Black Man in His Own Backyard
Police in Sacramento, Calif., shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own backyard Sunday night after mistaking his cellphone for a weapon.
In their initial press release regarding the incident, police said officers were responding to a report of someone breaking car windows near the home where Clark lived with his grandparents and siblings. A thin, 6-foot-1 black man was said to be hiding in a residential backyard.
A Sacramento Sheriff’s Department helicopter as providing sky support and reported seeing the subject in a backyard. They told officers they saw the Clark pick up a tool bar and use it to break a window in the residence. Clark then allegedly ran toward the front of the house and began looking into another car.
The helicopter guided the officers to where Clark was, in the rear of a residence.
Police officers said as they approached the Clark, they gave him commands to stop and show his hands, but instead of doing so, Clark allegedly ran toward the backyard of the home — away from police.
Police followed in pursuit, and Clark allegedly turned toward them and began advancing toward them “while holding an object which was extended in front of him.” Believing that object to be a gun and fearing for their lives, officers fired at Clark multiple times. They then held their position for about five minutes until more officers arrived before approaching Clark, handcuffing him and beginning life saving efforts.
According to the Sacramento Bee reporter Anita Chabria, the officers fired at Clark 20 times. Fire department personnel pronounced Clark dead at the scene.
In an updated press release, Sacramento PD said that there was no firearm located at the scene of the shooting, contrary to what officers thought when they shot at Clark 20 times. They only found his cellphone.
Both of the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras, and there is additional audio and video footage from the Sheriff’s helicopter. Police said that material is being prepared to be released to the public.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid leave.
Isn’t it weird how all these shooting victims are always running away from the police (who have guns) when they suddenly change their minds and start charging toward the police officers (who have guns)?
That always happens.
I linked both police press releases so you can view them for yourselves and make your own judgment.
Both seem to be confused, jumbled word salads that don’t really give us any details as to just why this young man was shot and killed by police.
Another day. Another hashtag.