Autopsy dispute police account of shooting prompts anger

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Calls for justice and against two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man will not decrease in California’s capital city after an autopsy showed Stephon Clark was shot in the back, a counter to the department’s statement that he approached the officers when he was killed.

“His back was turned — he didn’t get the chance,” said Latarria McCain, who joined several hundred people protesting against the centre on Friday, a larger crowd than that in three previous protests.

Sacramento native and former NBA player Matt Barnes has organized another rally for Saturday afternoon, an hour before the Sacramento Kings-Golden State Warriors game will bring thousands of fans in the centre of the arena, that protesters have twice blocked.

Several Kings players are black community activists’ calls for racial justice on a Friday night in the community meeting, almost two weeks after Clark’s March 18 death.

“I want to make sure that these errors that keep happening will have consequences,” player Garrett Temple said.

Previously, the famous pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu announced Clark was struck by eight bullets — six in the back, one in neck and one in the thigh and it lasted three to 10 minutes to die. The police waited about five minutes for the rendering of medical assistance.

“The proposal that has been submitted that he is assailing the officers, which means that he was confronted by the officers, which are not in accordance with the current forensic evidence,” Omalu said at a press conference with the family attorney Benjamin Crump.

He said that it was not clear whether Clark would have survived had he received immediate medical attention.

Sacramento police responded with a short statement, which said that the department has not received an official autopsy report from the Sacramento County coroner’s office. It said the coroner the death of the research is independent of the research being conducted by the police and the Ministry of Justice.

A day after the shooting, the police distributed a press release that said the officers who shot Clark “saw the defendant in front of them, continue forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands.”

The police video of the recording does not clearly define that happened after Clark ran into his grandmother’s backyard. He initially moved in the direction of the agents, who are peeping from behind an angle of the house, but it is not clear, he looks at them or that he knows that they are there as they open fire after yelling “gun, gun, gun.”

After 20 shots, the officers call to him, apparently in the assumption that he might still be alive and armed. They eventually approach and find no gun, but a mobile phone.

“When a young man 22, is shot in his grandmother’s backyard, which is supposed to be a safe place, I don’t know. What is a crisis?” said Nikki Whitfield, who works at a local adoption agency and attended the community forum.

With a cheerful but gloomy feel, the event meant a change in the tone of the protests, which have disrupted the capital of the centre. But the message was the same, with a few hundred members of the black community to discuss police brutality and call out the names of the black people who are killed by law enforcement.

Later the city center, protesters chanted outside city Hall before marching, with some briefly entering a downtown bar and chanting Clark’s name.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued his first statement on the situation Friday, calling it a tragic death, “raises some very serious questions, and I support the California Attorney-General of the independent oversight of the investigation.”

The autopsy was released a day after an emotional funeral. The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy and praised protesters for their restraint and urged them to follow the lead of ds. Martin Luther King Jr. and his advocacy of nonviolent protest.


Associated Press reporters Sophia Bollag and Don Thompson in Sacramento and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed.

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