Sunday night, twenty-two year old Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police in his own backyard. He was found to only be carrying a cellphone at the time. Clark was living with his grandparents and siblings. Police stated they thought Clark was armed, reasoning as to why they fired and shot him. “The officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them. Fearing for their safety, the officers fired their duty weapons striking the suspect multiple times,” the Sacramento Police Department reported in a release.

Police Officers in Sacramento are authorized to wear body cameras, which documented the horrific event on Sunday night. Prior to the shooting, police were responding to reports of someone breaking car windows in the neighborhood with a toolbar. The suspect was reported to be a 6-foot-1 man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants hiding in a backyard. When they approached Clark he had ran to his backyard when police shouted, “Show us your hands”, preceding the 20 shots fired at Clark. Footage of the gruesome shooting has been released to the public, showing police essentially raid Clark in his backyard. The police officers responsible have been with Sacramento Police Department for less than five years. They have also been placed on paid administrative leave.


During the incident, Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson, stated she was in the dining room when she heard the gunshots. She also stated neither she nor Clark’s grandfather heard police give commands towards Clark before shots were fired. Thompson had promptly called the police after hearing the gun shots.

Thompson was also interviewed for several hours after calling the police without being informed of Clark’s condition. She stated she looked out the window and saw Clark laying in the backyard and started screaming.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Clark’s funeral expenses, https://www.gofundme.com/justus4zoe. Clark’s grandfather, Tevante Clark said he wanted to raise enough money so the family could bury Clark next to another brother who was killed a few years prior, also by gun violence.

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