Stephon Clark’s mind: No civil rights charges, the officers return to active service in Sacramento

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Two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last March will not face federal civil rights charges, and you will be returned to active duty following an internal investigation carried out by the department and cleared them of any wrongdoing, officials said on Thursday.


The public Prosecutor of the s. S., McGregor, Scott, and the FBI announced Thursday that a federal review by the end of 2018 shooting of a 22-year-old Stephon Clark, found “insufficient evidence” to pursue their civil rights against the Officers, terrance Mercadal, and Jared It. Mercadal is also black. It is to be white.

The probe tip is not to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that either officer acted with intentional or unintentional, for the purpose of the use of objectively unreasonable force,” Scott’s office told The Sacramento Bee.

The announcement came a few minutes before the Sacramento Police Department said an internal investigation didn’t find a policy, or training violations, in Mercadal, and It’s actions in the run-up to the show’s death. The two will have to be returned to active duty. Both were placed on desk duty after the shooting.

“This incident has been thoroughly investigated by the judicial authorities at the local, state, and federal levels,” the Sacramento police chief Daniel Hahn said in a statement. “Each and every one of these independent studies came to the same finding that the use of deadly force in this case was lawful.

“Even though it is not a violation of the policy occurred in this incident, or the events leading up to it, and we are committed to the implementation of the strategies that may prevent similar tragedies in the future,” Hahn said.

Clark was shot seven times in his grandparents ‘ back garden in Sacramento’s Meadowview neighborhood in March of 2018, after he ran from the officers. The two officers were in pursuit of Clark, and after receiving calls about a man breaking car windows, and an elderly neighbor’s sliding glass door in the local area.

Authorities say officers believed that Clark was advancing toward them with a gun in his hand. The object was later determined to be that of a mobile phone. His death sparked a year’s worth of protests, like civil rights groups, who alleged that race played a role in the shooting.

The California attorney general’s office announced in March, around the first anniversary of Clark’s death, that is, the research and came down to an issue of state criminal charges brought against the two officers. Attorney-General, Xavier Becerra, said when the evidence showed the officers had reason to believe that their lives were in danger.

The city of Sacramento, agreed in June to a preliminary $20 million settlement in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Clark, under-age sons, parents and grandparents, The Bee reported.

Clark’s brother, Stevante, Clark, posted on Facebook Thursday that he was in a meeting with the federal and state governments. “These people have failed when it comes to the #Responsibility,” he wrote.

“My job as a my brother’s keeper, to continue to fight for accountability and justice. It is my job to make sure that nothing like this will happen again and again in our city,” Stevante, Clark told reporters, after the police department announced that it was the officers of wrongdoing.

“We don’t want a killer to the police on the streets, and we’re not going to have killer cops on our streets,” Clark continued. “The Sacramento police department needs to know the difference between a gun and a cell phone, and my brother should be with us today.”


Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg in a statement: “the incident is being investigated at every level and in every agency came to the same conclusion. These conclusions, however, will never change the fact that this is a tragedy, and the Clark family lost a loved one.

“As a city and as a police department, we have a lot of major changes. We have changed our foot-chase policy, that our body-worn camera policies, and will continue to make the changes necessary to make our city a safer place for our communities and for our employees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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