Stephon Clark was holding only his cellphone in the backyard of the south Sacramento home where he was staying with his grandparents, when he was fatally shot by two Sacramento police officers after a foot chase, who fired at him 20 times.
One year after Sacramento police officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet, fatally shot Stephon Clark to death and sparked a renewed national dialogue over police shootings of young black men, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert declared Saturday that the officers feared for their lives and “acted lawfully under the circumstances.” She declared the shooting justified and said her office was not pressing criminal charges.
Clark was 22 years old. The circumstances around his death made national headlines and added another layer to an ongoing conversation about the police use of deadly force, particularly against unarmed black men. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert decided not to pursue criminal charges against the officers after the official autopsy report showed officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet, shot Clark seven times, including three times in the back.
Becerra announced the findings of the state’s independent criminal investigation into the police shooting death of Clark days after Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced she would not be filing criminal charges against the two police officers who killed Clark, even though a handgun was not found and Clark was shot 3 times in the back.
Schubert’s decision not to charge officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet with the murder of Stephen Clark, sparked a new round of demonstrations in Sacramento — including a march in an affluent, mostly white neighborhood that resulted in police arresting at least 84 people Monday night. Police ended march in East Sacramento by arresting protesters on a bridge over Highway 50. Police arrested 84 people, including 78 on the bridge and multiple media personnel and clergy.
Arden Fair Mall officials closed the mall through the day Sunday after a handful of activists staged a sit-in at the mall. Although the demonstration remained relatively small and peaceful throughout the day, officials said they closed the mall out of concern that a large number of people would show up.
“The protestors were a peaceful group,” marketing manager Nathan Spradlin said. “They were respectful. But we anticipated large volumes.”Spradlin said the closure represented a substantial financial blow to the city and to about 1,400 Arden Fair employees who were not allowed to work that day.
With findings from the county and state inquiries now released, the Sacramento police department plans to use them as part of its internal review of the shooting. “Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said his office and internal affairs will make a decision about the officers’ actions and employment” after Becerra’s agency shares its results,