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Stephon Clark’s brother, protesters disrupt city council meeting on fatal police shooting
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Stephon Clark’s brother, protesters disrupt city council meeting on fatal police shooting

Protests Over Stephon Clark's Death Interrupt City Council Meeting

Stephon Clark’s brother, protesters disrupt city council meeting on fatal police shooting

Ten days after Sacramento police officers shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own backyard -- after allegedly mistaking a cellphone for a gun -- the city still roils with tension, as protests continue and the California Department of Justice begins its own probe into the fatal shooting.

A Sacramento City Council meeting designed to address the slaying of Stephon Clark was disrupted Tuesday night by protesters, who were led by Clark’s brother, Stevante Clark. 

Stephon Clark, 22, was killed March 18 when two officers responding to a vandalism report in his neighborhood fired 20 bullets at him as he stood on the back patio of his grandparents’ home, where he was staying. The officers chased Clark after a Sacramento County deputy in a helicopter overhead said he saw him break a neighbor’s sliding glass door. 

(Family photo via AP)
This March 18, 2018, family photo shows Stephon Clark about six hours before he died at the hands of Sacramento police officers in the backyard of his grandparents' home, where he was staying. Clark, 22, died after the officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood on the patio, unarmed and holding a cellphone. His killing has sparked protests across Sacramento and beyond.
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Stephon Clark’s brother, protesters disrupt council meeting on fatal police shooting

Photo Credit: (Family photo via AP)
This March 18, 2018, family photo shows Stephon Clark about six hours before he died at the hands of Sacramento police officers in the backyard of his grandparents' home, where he was staying. Clark, 22, died after the officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood on the patio, unarmed and holding a cellphone. His killing has sparked protests across Sacramento and beyond.

The fatal shooting and its immediate aftermath were caught on infrared camera from the helicopter and body camera footage from the officers, who have been placed on administrative leave. 

>> Related: ‘Gun! Gun! Gun!’ Body cam, aerial video shows police kill unarmed black man

Stevante Clark is seen in footage from Tuesday’s meeting bursting into the room, chanting his brother’s name. He runs up to the dais and jumps up on it, directly in front of a startled Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, turns around and leads the crowd in the chant.

“Louder! Louder!” Clark shouts to the crowd as they chant. 

Footage shot by CBS 13 in Sacramento shows Stevante Clark, wearing a sweatshirt with his brother’s image on it, pacing in front of the dais, at which point Steinberg offers him a microphone.

“Do you want to take the microphone, sir?” Steinberg asks.

“Yes,” Stevante Clark said.

“That one over there. Go right there,” the mayor says. 

See footage of Stevante Clark interrupting the meeting and speaking to those present below. Warning: Some of the language in the video is explicit. 

An exhausted-looking Clark addresses those present in the council chamber, begging them to quiet down so he can speak. 

“The mayor and the city of Sacramento has failed all of you,” Clark says in the footage, gesturing to those around him. 

He points to gang violence, high rent and uncontrolled poverty as some of the ways the city has failed its people. 

“Calvary Christian Center looks like a castle, but look where it’s in -- Sodom and Gomorrah,” Clark says. “If you live in the (Del Paso) Heights, your car insurance is higher than anybody in Sacramento. Trust me; I’ve got AAA baby, I know.”

The Sacramento Bee reported that when Steinberg tried to talk to him at one point, a distraught Clark told the mayor, “Shut the (expletive) up.”

Steinberg called a 15-minute recess to the meeting, the Bee reported

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Stevante Clark jumps on the dais in front of a startled Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, left, during a city council meeting Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, disrupted the meeting for several minutes in protest of his brother's March 18 death at the hands of police officers. Stephon Clark, 22, died after two officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood, unarmed, on the back patio of his grandparents' home.
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Stephon Clark’s brother, protesters disrupt council meeting on fatal police shooting

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Stevante Clark jumps on the dais in front of a startled Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, left, during a city council meeting Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, disrupted the meeting for several minutes in protest of his brother's March 18 death at the hands of police officers. Stephon Clark, 22, died after two officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood, unarmed, on the back patio of his grandparents' home.

When the meeting resumed, the mayor and council heard hours of comments from residents, who described decades of racism by police officers and a lack of action by public officials. 

“This city is killing us,” Malaki Seku-Amen, founder of the California Urban Partnership, told the council, according to the newspaper

Tanya Faison, of the Black Lives Matter Sacramento chapter, demanded that the officers who shot Stephon Clark be fired. 

“What you saw today was the truth,” Faison said. “You’re killing us. It feels like genocide.”

At one point, attendees stood and pointed their cellphones at the mayor and council members. 

“Does this look, as you point this to our council, does this look like a gun?” one man in the crowd asked.

The council ultimately adjourned the meeting more than two hours early because Steinberg said he could not ensure the safety of everyone there, CBS 13 reported. A continuation set for Wednesday was also postponed because it would conflict with Stephon Clark’s wake. 

Clark’s funeral is set for Thursday in Sacramento. The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to deliver his eulogy

Footage shot by the Bee, seen above, shows portions of the meeting prior to the disruption, including when Steinberg calls for a moment of silent prayer in Stephon Clark’s memory and for the community. 

“Among the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history has been the perception -- and too often, reality -- that for people and communities of color, the legal and political system is unjust,” Steinberg says during the meeting. “That people and communities of color are not heard, and that the way it is, is in fact the way it will always be.”

“In the days, weeks and months ahead, you will be heard. And we will be listening,” Steinberg tells the crowd, which is largely made up of people of color. 

The mayor then acknowledges that the community is hurting, grieving and traumatized by the police shooting. The next images in the footage shared by the Bee are of Stevante Clark approaching the dais. 

The Bee reported that protesters outside the building also chanted Stephon Clark’s name and pounded on the windows of the council chamber. Some taunted police officers in helmets who stood in the lobby, blocking the doors to the council chamber.  

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Helmeted Sacramento police officers block the entrance to the Sacramento City Council chambers Tuesday, March 27, 2018, as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Stephon Clark. Clark, 22, died March 18 after two officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood, unarmed, on the back patio of his grandparents' home.
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Stephon Clark’s brother, protesters disrupt council meeting on fatal police shooting

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Helmeted Sacramento police officers block the entrance to the Sacramento City Council chambers Tuesday, March 27, 2018, as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Stephon Clark. Clark, 22, died March 18 after two officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood, unarmed, on the back patio of his grandparents' home.

Pastors and activists among the crowd called for calm.

“We are better than this,” Rashid Sidqe told the protesters, according to the Bee

Protesters also gathered Tuesday evening outside Golden 1 Center, the home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. Footage shows hundreds of people milling about outside and chanting Stephon Clark’s name. 

The protest at the Kings game was the second since Thursday. Both times, protesters blocked entrances into the arena, preventing many ticket holders from seeing the game. 

Stadium officials estimated about 4,000 fans made it inside for Tuesday’s game. The arena holds more than 17,000 people, the Bee reported

Players for the Kings and the Boston Celtics on Sunday made a statement in support of Clark’s family by warming up in T-shirts bearing his name. The front of the shirts read, “Accountability. We are one.”

The back read, “#StephonClark.”

The players also put together a public service announcement promoting unity, even while seeking change. 

(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
Sacramento Kings players Vince Carter, right, and Justin Jackson, along with their teammates and Boston Celtics players, wear T-shirts in memory of Stephon Clark before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 25, 2018. Clark, 22, died March 18 after two officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood, unarmed, on the back patio of his grandparents' home. His death has sparked protests across Sacramento and beyond.
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Stephon Clark’s brother, protesters disrupt council meeting on fatal police shooting

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Sacramento Kings players Vince Carter, right, and Justin Jackson, along with their teammates and Boston Celtics players, wear T-shirts in memory of Stephon Clark before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 25, 2018. Clark, 22, died March 18 after two officers fired 20 rounds at him as he stood, unarmed, on the back patio of his grandparents' home. His death has sparked protests across Sacramento and beyond.

CBS News reported that the idea for the shirts came from a Kings player development staff member, Akachi Okugo, and Kings guard Garrett Temple helped bring it to fruition. 

Temple has been outspoken about police accountability.

“It’s probably the toughest job in America, and I applaud them for putting their lives on the line every night, every day,” Temple told CBS News. “But with that comes responsibility. That’s the mantle that they carry and the burden that they bear.”

Tuesday’s protest at the council meeting and the arena follow similar gatherings that took place last week, the Bee reported. Friday’s protests and a candlelight vigil devolved into confrontations between some protesters, police officers and passersby. 

Stephon Clark’s family, friends and protesters question why the officers fired so many shots at Clark, who leaves behind two small sons. They also question why officers waited about five minutes before approaching his motionless body to attempt to render aid. 

Sacramento police officials announced Tuesday that the California Department of Justice has been asked to step in and assist in the investigation of the shooting. 

“We appreciate the help from the California Department of Justice,” Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said in a statement. “This partnership will provide an additional oversight and assist our agency with providing a thorough and comprehensive investigation of this incident.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who described his office’s probe as independent oversight, pledged to provide a fair and impartial investigation. He said the state Justice Department would also evaluate law enforcement policies, procedures and practices to find ways to achieve safer outcomes than the one that ended with Clark dead. 

“We take on this responsibility in full recognition of the importance of getting it right, because there is nothing more important than respect and trust between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect as we work to keep all Californians safe,” Becerra said

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New York health officials have already issued a warning about a rare inflammatory syndrome that has infected at least 64 children in that state. A spokesperson for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta said they have experts for treating the symptoms regardless of a potential link to COVID-19. Families should contact their doctor or visit an emergency room if their child develops signs of illness such as high fever, rash, red eyes, abdominal pain and swelling of the face, hands or feet. US coronavirus cases top 1.6M, deaths near 98K Update 12:43 a.m. EDT May 25: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surged past 1.6 million early Monday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,643,238 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 97,720 deaths. The hardest-hit states remain New York, with 361,515 cases and 29,141 deaths, and New Jersey, with 154,154 cases and 11,138 deaths. Massachusetts, with 92,675 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,372, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 110,304. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each. Seven other states have now confirmed at least 42,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 94,020 cases, resulting in 3,754 deaths • Pennsylvania: 71,563 cases, resulting in 5,136 deaths • Texas: 55,861 cases, resulting in 1,528 deaths • Michigan: 54,679 cases, resulting in 5,228 deaths • Florida: 50,867 cases, resulting in 2,237 deaths • Maryland: 46,313 cases, resulting in 2,277 deaths • Georgia: 42,902 cases, resulting in 1,827 deaths Meanwhile, Connecticut has confirmed at least 40,468 cases; Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 31,000 cases; Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota and Tennessee each has confirmed more than 20,000 cases; Washington, Iowa, Arizona and Wisconsin each has confirmed at least 15,000 cases; Alabama and Rhode Island each has confirmed more than 14,000 cases; Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 12,000 cases; South Carolina has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Kansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Utah and the District of Columbia each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by Nevada with more than 7,000; New Mexico and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases, followed by Arkansas with more than 5,000; South Dakota and New Hampshire each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; and Oregon and Puerto Rico each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Officials with the World Health Organization announced the group has temporarily paused its trial of an antimalarial drug touted by President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for COVID-19 due to concerns over its safety. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the WHO said Monday that the decision was made in light of an observational study published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet which found that coronavirus patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine or a combination of either drug and an antibiotic were at a higher risk for death. “The Executive Group of the Solidarity Trial, representing 10 of the participating countries, met on Saturday and has agreed to review a comprehensive analysis and critical appraisal of all evidence available globally,” Tedros said Monday. “The review will consider data collected so far in the Solidarity Trial and, in particular, robust randomized available data, to adequately evaluate the potential benefits and harms from this drug.' Tedros said other coronavirus drug trials were continuing Monday. “This concern relates to the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in COVID-19,” Tedros stressed. “I wish to reiterate that these drugs are accepted as generally safe for use in patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria.” In the study published in The Lancet, researchers reviewed more than 96,000 COVID-19 cases in which patients were hospitalized between late December and mid-April. The data used for the study, which included 15,000 cases in which patients were treated with either hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine or a combination of the drugs with an antibiotic, came from 671 hospitals on six continents, researchers said. “We were unable to confirm a benefit of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine ... on in-hospital outcomes for COVID-19,” researchers said in a summary of their findings. “Each of these drug regimens was associated with decreased in-hospital survival and an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias when used for treatment of COVID-19.” Trump has dismissed concerns around the safety of hydroxychloroquine and told reporters last week that he was taking a two-week regiment of the drug to protect himself against a coronavirus infection. The president said he was not advised to take the drug but that he instead requested it himself from the White House physician. Scientists continue to race toward a vaccine for COVID-19, which White House officials have said is expected by the end of the year. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday that he was confident a vaccine would be ready in the timeline given by officials. “(The Department of Defense) has the expertise and the capacity of course, to get the manufacturing done and the logistics and I’m confident that we will deliver,” he said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show. The United States has by far the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1.6 million reported as of Monday afternoon, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 97,850 people have died of coronavirus infections nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins.
  • Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday urged voters to return their absentee ballots in time for the June 9 primary, even as thousands of Fulton County voters are waiting for their ballots to arrive and the coronavirus forced some early voting locations to close. About 1 million voters who requested absentee ballots haven’t yet turned them in, according to state election data through Sunday. “Vote from the convenience of your own kitchen table. Take your time to do it, but get it done as soon as you can,” Raffensperger said in an interview. “Sooner better than later, because it has to be received by June 9, no later than 7 p.m., to be counted.” So far, over 551,000 voters have returned their absentee ballots, and another 77,000 voted in person during the first week of early voting. More than 25,000 Fulton voters still haven’t received their absentee ballots as the county’s elections office has struggled to process a flood of ballot requests, especially those that were emailed. Fulton election officials said the backlog would be eliminated by Memorial Day, but the county processed just 3,000 absentee ballot requests from Friday to Sunday. “It’s concerning that they’re still not caught up,” Raffensperger said. “What that has done has created concern on voters who say, ‘I haven’t received my absentee ballot, and yet I emailed that back in early. What’s the delay?’” If Fulton voters don’t receive their absentee ballots soon, they might not have much time to return them by the state’s election day deadline. A federal lawsuit is asking a judge to rule that ballots should be counted as long as they’re postmarked by election day. Other counties are dealing with coronavirus-related problems, Raffensperger said. Appling County will reopen its only early voting location Tuesday after it was closed Friday for cleaning because a voter tested positive for the coronavirus. In McDuffie County, two election workers caught the coronavirus, leaving its elections staff shorthanded. “Particularly on Memorial Day, we think about the huge sacrifice armed forces members made, sacrificing their lives, so we would have the freedom to be a free people and be able to freely vote,” Raffenpserger said. “These are trying times, and we encourage everyone to complete the process if you requested an absentee ballot.” You may find this story and more at AJC.com.