On Sunday, March 18, around 9:18 p.m., Sacramento police responded to a call “that a thin, 6-foot-1 Black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants was hiding in a residential backyard after breaking car windows,” according to The Sacramento Bee. Just eight minutes later, officers fired over 20 times at 22-year-old Stephon Clark — in his own backyard. Reportedly, they “feared” for their lives because they saw a gun in his hand. It turned out he was only carrying a cellphone.
Stevante Clark, Stephon’s brother, has been outspoken about the loss of his brother and has opened up in several interviews. However, some have wondered about the way he is handling his grief given some public outbursts and questionable videos.
However, last night, Stevante met with Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Mayor Darrell Steinberg and discussed mental health.
Why 20 times
The fake news the white lies
Why the pain inside
Why my mind why suicide
Why the rumors make me cry
Why don’t you look me in my eye
Why can’t we conquer but divide
Help black… https://t.co/KSe7gGuiu1
— Stevante Clark (@PharoahEgypt) April 11, 2018
The New York Daily News reports, “Clark, who recently sought mental health treatment after police were called to a hotel where his family was staying, acknowledged his recent struggle with mental health to the council.” Reportedly, Steinberg said, it’s “nothing to be ashamed of” and “we’ll help you. Everybody wants to help you.”
“My heart is gone,” Clark said, tapping his head. “Emotions, feelings…”
EXCLUSIVE: Stevante Clark Speaks Out About His Mental Health Issues, Pain Of Losing Second Brother https://t.co/xrK2hX3pul
— Stevante Clark (@PharoahEgypt) April 10, 2018
Kudos to Stevante for talking about his struggles. Unfortunately, many people do not discuss the aftereffects on a family when these tragedies happen. From Eric Garner‘s daughter to Kalief Browder‘s mother, the tragedy does not end with one event. It impacts families and communities above and beyond one death.
The sorrow continues as the injustice continues…
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