Pledging not to ease up on authorities, protesters are planning another day of rallies in Sacramento for Sunday.
Scores of protesters rallied in California’s capital for a fifth consecutive day on Saturday to demand justice in the aftermath of the police killing of Stephon Clark. The 22-year-old Black man was unarmed when two officers gunned him down in a hail of at least 20 shots in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18. The officers, who were responding to reports of someone breaking car windows, claimed that they believed he had a gun, which turned out to be a cellphone.
The rallies came one day after a forensic pathologist retained by Clark’s family said the police shot him six times in the back, casting serious doubt on the police version of the incident.
Black Lives Matter’s Sacramento branch vowed early Sunday morning to “keep the pressure on.”
On Saturday night, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department vehicle struck a pedestrian during a vigil for Clark, Capital Public Radio reported. Demonstrators had approached two sheriff’s vehicles in a McDonald’s parking lot. One of the vehicles hit the person as the driver attempted to flee the protesters, a witness told the news outlet.
Earlier in the day, former Sacramento Kings basketball player Matt Barnes led a protest rally, which assembled across from Sacramento’s City Hall. “We came here today to raise awareness,” he told the crowd. “Let’s not allow them to sweep this s— under the rug like they do with the rest of the things.” Barnes also announced that he’s starting a scholarship fund for Clark’s two young sons.
Another highlight from Saturday included Jamilia Land, a family friend of the Clarks, delivering a passionate speech to about 150 protesters. Living in Sacramento’s Black community is like living in a “war zone,” she said, underscoring the lack of community resources. She also spoke poignantly about the family’s pain.
Justice For Stephon Clark: 20 Photos Of Protest And Heartbreaking Moments In Sacramento
1. Stephon Clark's Grief-Stricken BrotherSource:Getty 1 of 20
2. Stephon Clark's Brother Speaks To ProtestersSource:Getty 2 of 20
3. Stephon's Clark Brother Sends Poignant MessageSource:Getty 3 of 20
4. Protesters Take To The StreetsSource:Getty 4 of 20
5. Black Lives Matter Activists Join ProtestSource:Getty 5 of 20
6. BLM Shouts For JusticeSource:Getty 6 of 20
7. Protesters Call For End To "Genocide" Of People Of ColorSource:Getty 7 of 20
8. Protest Signs Speak VolumesSource:Getty 8 of 20
9. Activists Crowd The BlockSource:Getty 9 of 20
10. Women Stand For ClarkSource:Getty 10 of 20
11. Stopping "Cops Who Kill"Source:Getty 11 of 20
12. Clark Remembered At WakeSource:Getty 12 of 20
13. Clark HonoredSource:Getty 13 of 20
14. Stephon Clark's Brother Takes A StandSource:Getty 14 of 20
15. Hundreds Attend Sacramento City Council Meeting On Clark's DeathSource:Getty 15 of 20
16. Sacramento Kings Shout Out StephonSource:Getty 16 of 20
17. Demonstrators Protest Clark's Fatal Police ShootingSource:Getty 17 of 20
18. BLM Makes A PointSource:Getty 18 of 20
19. Protesters Begin To Make Noise About ClarkSource:Getty 19 of 20
20. Protests Erupt Over ClarkSource:Getty 20 of 20
Black Activists Vow To ‘Keep The Pressure On’ After A Full Day Of Protests was originally published on newsone.com