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.
The results of an independent autopsy requested by the family of a 22-year-old Sacramento man shot last week by the police showed that he was shot a total of eight times, seven times from behind, a pathologist said Friday.
During a press conference, Dr. Bennet Omalu said that seven of the shots on Stephon Clark struck him in the right rear of the neck and in the right side of his back.
One of those injuries would be fatal, Omalu said, and it would be between three and 10 minutes to die.
Clark was also reportedly shot an eighth time in one of his thighs as he fell or after he hit the ground.
Stephon Clark died in a hail of police gunfire in the backyard of his grandmother’s house in Sacramento, California.
Clark’s family enlisted the own medical examiner to do an autopsy after saying she has no confidence in the result of the formal county review was conducted of last week.
Clark was a shot in the night of 18 March at his grandparents in the backyard by the police responding to a report someone was breaking windows. Video of the night incident released by police shows a man, later identified as Clark performed in the backyard of his grandparents ‘ home, where the police fired 20 rounds at him after yelling “gun, gun, gun.”
It turned out Clark was holding a mobile phone.
Stephon Clark’s brother says Sacramento failed the people
His death was the latest in a series of deadly shootings of black men by police that have led to protests in the United States and renewed a national debate about bias in the AMERICAN criminal justice system.
Clark was laid to rest Thursday.
His brother, Stevante, threw himself on the coffin and embraced him with hugs and kisses after the opening of the prayer in Bayside South san francisco church. He led the crowd in chanting the name of his brother, beat his chest and screamed.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who gave him the eulogy, cuddled and comforted him, and said to the crowd not to judge how families grieve.
“This brother can be one of us, so let them express and grieve,” Sharpton said. “We are proud of them for standing for justice.”
The shooting has led to a largely peaceful demonstrations in California’s capital city.
On Thursday, about 100 demonstrators blocked downtown streets for the third day in a row during rush hour, but not to prevent fans from entering a Sacramento Kings game, as they had during the previous two games. Stevante Clark had asked protesters not to block the game.
Clark’s name is a rallying cry at protests in California and beyond. The Families of the people killed by police marched Thursday in Compton, calling for more transparency in the use-of-force investigations, and the night for a small group of protesters gathered in New York City.
“That is a structural problem, not a local problem,” said Zaid Shakir, a prominent California imam and former spiritual advisor to Mohammed Ali. “That is an American issue, a uniquely American problem.”
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he is committed to working with Stevante Clark to more resources to his South Sacramento community.
Shernita Crosby, Stephon Clark’s aunt, has said that the family is not “angry at the enforcement of the law.”
“We’re not trying to start a riot,” she said. “We want to let the world know, that we had to stop because black lives matter.”
Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang