Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was shot to death by police officers in Sacramento, California was laid to rest Thursday. Everyone from friends, family, community leaders, and residents gathered at noon to celebrate the life of the 22-year-old Sacramento native.
Clark’s death incited outrage amongst individuals 11 days ago when he was shot in his grandmother’s backyard over twenty times for a vandalism call.
The service, held at Bayside of South Sacramento Church and attended by estimated 500 people, was emotional from the beginning.
There were many in attendance including The Rev. Al Sharpton who spoke at the service and stated
“You don’t tell people in pain how to handle their pain!” Sharpton said. “You don’t tell people when you kill their loved one how to grieve. We came because this boy should be alive today … It’s time … to stop the madness. We will never let you forget the name of Stephon Clark until we get justice. This is about justice.
“This brother could be anyone of us.
“I want the folk in California to know there is nothing wrong with the way these young people are standing up. They are trying to express their pain. We got their back!”
Stevante Clark shocked the City Council on Tuesday when he stormed the dais and confronted Mayor Darrell Steinberg. As he spoke Thursday at the funeral, Clark said, “We’re gonna forgive the mayor.”
Clark was the father of two sons, Aiden, 3, and Cairo, 1, with partner Salena Manni.