Support for Police Shooting Victim Stephon Clark in the Hundreds at Sacramento City Hall

Photo Credit: Max Whittaker for The New York Times

Sacramento City Hall was flooded on Tuesday evening with hundreds of protesters protesting the death of police shooting victim Stephon Clark, who was fatally shot by two Sacramento police officers last week in his grandmother’s backyard while they investigated a vandalism complaint.
The City Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening to hear from the public and let them voice their concerns. The meeting was mixed emotions from anger to hurt to concern. Black leaders in the community voiced their dislike for about the the city’s leadership within the council’s public chamber.
“You shoot us down, we shut you down!” they shouted.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg expressed his concern and that he will do what needs to be done in order to get answers from the police department.
“In the days, weeks and months ahead, you will be heard, and we will be listening,’’ he told the group, as many nodded in approval. “I want to acknowledge that people are hurting, angry, grieving and traumatized.”
At the young age of 22, Stephon Clark’s death is added to the many black victims who were killed at the hands of police officers in the last few years unjustifiably. Clark was shot 20 times in his grandmother’s yard after a vandalism call was dispatched. Clark was holding a cellphone when the officer at the scene claimed he was holding a weapon shooting him fatally.