Police in Sacramento, California released body camera video of the shooting of an unarmed black man in his backyard. At the time of the shooting, police were chasing what they thought was a burglary suspect and believed they saw a gun.
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22-year-old Stephon Alonzo Clark was fatally shot in the backyard of his grandmother's house in dimly lit conditions where his cell phone was mistaken for a weapon. The police were responding to reports that a black man had broken into several car windows and was hiding in a backyard.
Body camera video shows two police officers fire 20 rounds at the young man while they yell for him to show his hands. The release of the body camera footage follows the release of aerial footage from a helicopter Wednesday. It is too dark to tell what Clark was doing in the video but no gun was found at the scene.
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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said, "Based on the videos alone, I cannot second-guess the split-second decisions of our officers, and I'm not going to do that. The investigation must be completed. We need more information in addition to the video before we can render any final conclusions."
Sequita Thompson, Clark's grandmother, was home when the shooting took place. "He was shot so many times, so many times," she said. "It went 'pow, pow, pow.' They just kept on shooting." Thompson did not know that those shots were aimed at her grandson for several hours.
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Finally, a detective came to her door and asked to see photos of her grandchildren. "He was real quiet, and said, 'Ma’am you can't go back there, you can't go back there," she explained. "I said 'OK.' I waited till he walked out that door, I opened up that curtain, and (saw) my grandson on the ground dead."
Sacramento police confirmed that Clark was not the burglary suspect who was reported to be around six feet tall. "My grandson is short," Thomson said. Clark was the father of two children and his relatives want justice. "He was a great father, he was a perfect father … all he loved was his children," Pharrell Clark said.
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