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A 22-year-old Black man was gunned down by police in his backyard on Sunday night after Sacramento police mistook his cell phone for a weapon.

Stephon Clark has been identified as the victim in a Sunday shooting that took place after officers were called to investigate a series of shattered car windows around 9:18 p.m. Clark, a father of two, was killed at the home he shared with his grandparents and siblings, The Sacramento Bee reports.

According to the Bee, police where looking for a 6-foot-1 Black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, hiding in a nearby backyard. Police also believed a suspect broke a neighbor’s sliding glass window with a “toolbar.”

As the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department surveyed Clark’s neighborhood with a helicopter, they spotted Clark in his backyard and deployed a police unit to his location around 9:25 p.m.

When officers approached they alleged Clark ran, then turned around and held out an object in front of him. At 9:26 p.m. police fired several shots, “fearing for their safety.” Clark was announced dead at the scene.

Police originally stated that excessive force was used because they believed Clark was armed with a toolbar, but later discovered it was a cell phone. No firearm was recovered at the scene. Police are naming Clark as the suspect who vandalized the cars and the sliding glass window.

Authorities maintain they recovered two items near the broken sliding glass window: a cinder block and a piece of aluminum similar to what might be used for a gutter.

Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson, said she was inside the home when she heard the shots.

“The only thing that I heard was pow, pow, pow, pow, and I got to the ground.” she told the Bee. Thompson alleges that she nor her husband heard officers commands before shots were fired. She also instructed her seven-year-old granddaughter, who was sleeping on a nearby couch, to duck for safety.

She told the outlet police interviewed for hours before they informed her of her grandson’s death.

“I opened that curtain and he was dead,” she said. “I started screaming.”

The two unnamed officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras–the police department will release the footage within 30 days, along with audio and footage from the helicopter in accordance with city policy. According to the Bee, the officers have been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation.

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(Source: The Sacramento Bee)

(Photo Credit: ThinkStock Images)

 

Unarmed Black Man Killed By Police In His Backyard was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

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33 thoughts on “Unarmed Black Man Killed By Police In His Backyard

  1. Conrad K Amerson on said:

    BS!!!!! An afraid person will run, as will guilty person. These senseless killings are not affecting your people, thus you can voice these feckless thoughts of yours.

    Why do we not hear of black policemen killing white children or white people period?? Hmmmm

  2. Conrad K Amerson on said:

    This video does not show Mr. Clarke. This could be ANYONE!!!!! The police have made too many assumptions here.From gun to crowbar to cellphone. Which

    • Conrad K Amerson on said:

      This video does not show Mr. Clarke. This could be ANYONE!!!!! The police have made too many assumptions here.From gun to crowbar to cellphone. Which was it? If, the officers did no wrong,then why turn off their body cam audio??

      14 times in the back…..sad. This is a steep price to pay, if he did in fact bust some Windows. Which I doubt he did.

  3. stephanie Jones on said:

    These cowardly p8nk a## bit##es, they would have never fired on a white man, even when they’re in “fair for their lives” they, they will tazze first. I have grandsons, and nephew, I am always so afraid for them. My heart goes out to the family, may God comfort them and point them in the direction of a good lawyer.

  4. Eddie on said:

    This will continue because “white “people know we will not do anything but protest but refuse to sacrifice anything…The players in the NFL took a knee but imagine what would happen if they REFUSED to play..but with our SLAVE / MASTER relationship that will never happen..we are expendable so get use to it unless YOU/WE are will to die for the cause or loose $$$$

  5. Mrknowitall on said:

    Dear black people:Two unnamed officers were wearing body cams. STOP profiling police. Your bigotry & racism is obvious. We don’t know the color of the officer, & it doesn’t matter. My question is why was this guy breaking into his neighbors house?

  6. Ted Gravely on said:

    You can protest all you want, these so called Officers will never be held accountable for murder. Once again, the scales of justice isn’t balanced and it’s dominated by bigots and coons. No-way this young man should be dead and those racist go home and lay their head down like nothing happened. Kaepernick took a knee (no job), and numerous protests (no change). We have to come up with a different approach. We can’t just blow steam on this site or it is mentioned once or twice on a morning show. We need a pressure campaign that is unworldly. I’m thinking.

  7. This is what we get when we don’t unite black folks, we are too busy keeping up with the Jones and kardashians and Beyoncé and Jayz

  8. Black beckie on said:

    This is why criminal men need not come back to their old NEIGHBORHOOD’S. One criminal man got another man killed. Plus unemployed males rob you will suffer being in black locations that’s for sure. Police know they can get away with being trigger happy.

  9. I for one am Sick and Tired of that same LIE over and over again, I feared for my Life!!!!!!!! Black people are the ones who should fear for there LIFE, since we can be gunned down over a LIE, a LIE, A LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Sickening just plain sickening. A white boy can go into a school and shoot up a bunch of students at a school and walk away alive. Mofos.

    • PhoenixRising on said:

      And you bitch, you and your kind will only shoot and kill an innocent black man when you’re a white inexperienced, scared, b#tch ass coward. All of you. What a joke you are, you f#ckin clown.

    • John Devane on said:

      Did you see him running????????????? The only thing running is you coon shifted mind coon this man was doing too much-running Fact is they can’t show him breaking out a window with infrared No weapon will be shown Metal does not have a temperature. However, smart man, it can only show body temperature things meaning a blurred image of the human presence I talk that I know trust me on this one coon signed former SSGT US Army/ DI and NBC NCO.

      • Conrad K Amerson on said:

        US Army Sgt…..you are a prime example of what people of color have to deal with in America. With your title and position, you led people of color and obviously, they were “coons” to you, but you masked those thoughts and feelings, as does policemen, judges, lawyers, etc.

        Now, you hide behind a keyboard, spewing your venom. Pathetic.

      • John Devane on said:

        Coon, you voted for the moron in the white house and I am so glad you coons and bigots will feel like low life dogs sir take it from me you are a FAT BELLY COON

    • Conrad K Amerson on said:

      BS!!!!! An afraid person will run, as will guilty person. These senseless killings are not affecting your people, thus you can voice these feckless thoughts of yours.

      Why do we not hear of black policemen killing white children or white people period?? Hmmmm

      • John Devane on said:

        You, White people, are Pathetic You have never been anything from the start just privileged, as a matter of fact, I had no beef with my people while serving it was always the white bastards don’t you bever assume you know what I made up bitch I put many white bastards like you out of the army with the stroke of the pen and my signature, Joe Biden has asked the moron out on the white house lawn we can go to bitch white hater.I want to demolish some white ass. Why are you here looking for some black dick to suck.? THIS IS THE BLACK WEB snow bunny

      • If you say you’ve never heard of black policeman killing a white person, you’re either delusional, been living under a boulder all your life or, the most probable reason for saying something so ignorant, just a rabid liar.

      • John Devane on said:

        I have seen and know of many sickening things the police do to our citizens. Yes white kids and men included especially one that had me riled to hell when they shot this college kid over a fucking computer game’ his dog too here in NC yes he was white. He deserved better.

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