Sacramento protests after the funeral for Stephon Clark
Claudia Cowan reports from California, where protesters are calling for the prosecutors to file criminal charges against officers involved in the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark.
For the fourth consecutive night, hundreds of protesters marched through the centre of Sacramento, Calif., on Friday calling for the charges against two police officers linked to the March 18 fatal shooting of unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark.
But despite the sporadic moments of excitement – including attempts to block highway exits and exit of a nightclub, the protests yielded no arrests or property damage.
Dr. Bennet Omalu explains how the police shooting victim, Stephon Clark was hit by bullets, during a press conference in Sacramento, Calif., March 30, 2018.
Autopsy results from the pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu revealed Friday morning that Clark was shot from behind-seven times, in spite of the department of the story that Clark was approaching the officers when he was killed.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, hugs Stevante Clark during a funeral for police shooting victim, Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, Calif., March 30, 2018.
The autopsy was released a day after an emotional funeral service, which ds. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, delivered the eulogy.
The public has just stopped at the highway entrance where the CHP are present. I street is blocked completely on the 3rd place.
— Captain Norm Leong (@NormLeong) March 31, 2018
Sharpton praised the protesters for their restraint and urged them to follow the lead of ds. Martin Luther King Jr. and his advocacy of nonviolent protest. Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of King’s murder by gunfire.
Whole group of demonstrators leaving from Old Sacramento now.. few exciting moments. pic.twitter.com/6zQ3UGDLCw
— Drew Bollea (@Drew_CBS13) March 31, 2018
Friday’s protest started outside city Hall before you go through the city center and the Old Sacramento district, the Sacramento Bee reported. Protesters and the police had a short standoff near an interstate ramp before protesters went a different direction.
The crowd reportedly walked through a tunnel under Interstate 5, close to several bars and restaurants.
Clark’s brother, Stevante Clark was seen at a given moment in time, on a man’s shoulders, screaming that the blocking highways was “getting nothing done.”
“We build a number of schools,” he said.
On the way back to the City Hall, some protesters tried to run Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, but the security personnel locked the doors in time.
Some protesters chanted Clark’s name, while others shouted: “F— the Sac PD!” and “The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”
Another rally is planned for Saturday afternoon, an hour before the Sacramento Kings-Golden State Warriors basketball game brings thousands of fans in the centre of the arena, that protesters have twice blocked.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued his first statement on the situation Friday, calling Clark’s death is a tragedy that “raises some very serious questions, and I support the California Attorney-General of the independent oversight of the investigation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.