The citizens there are angry. And they should be.
Nobody should have to fear being shot dead at his grandmother’s house. Especially when the only ‘threat’ in your hand is a cell phone.
But, tragically, that’s exactly what happened.
The press conference came a week after Clark, 22, was shot and killed in his grandmother’s Sacramento backyard by officers who believed he was pointing a gun at them, according to police. No weapon was found at the scene. The only item discovered was a cell phone, police said.
Officers fired 20 shots, hitting Clark multiple times, police told CNN affiliate KOVR.
Sacramento County Coroner Kim Gin determined Clark’s cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, with the manner of death being homicide. A spokesperson for the coroner’s office said the exact number of gunshots that hit Clark is not being released at this time. The full autopsy report will be held until the case is adjudicated in court.
[…] “While he laid down on that ground dying, they waited six minutes. And then they go over to him after that and they put him in handcuffs,” Crump said.
Crump also noted that shortly after that, police muted their body cameras.
“Why didn’t you try to help him?” the attorney asked.
Stephon’s brother led a demonstration storming the Sacramento City Hall, disrupting the Council meeting.
You might say he was ‘dissatisfied’ with the Police Chief’s reaction so far.
What do you think? Did he go too far? Or, in light of the events, is this entirely justified?
Let’s recap the events:
Unarmed, in his grandmother’s backyard, he was shot 20 times. Twenty.
And then six minutes later, police put him in handcuffs. No attempt was made to save his life. And the bodycams were muted.
A lot of questions need answering.
That cop in Minnesota who shot a tourist dead eventually faced murder charges.
And now, this? A lot of people are losing faith in the integrity of the system itself.
So soon after those convictions in Baltimore — including corrupt cops keeping toy guns in the squad car to ‘plant’ in case of an incident like this one — can you really blame him for being outraged?
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When it’s time to pack up and move on, even Col Davy Crockett knew where his next destination should be.
“A gentleman from Nacogdoches, in Texas, informs us, that, whilst there, he dined in public with Col. Crockett, who had just arrived from Tennessee. The old bear-hunter, on being toasted, made a speech to the Texians, replete with his usual dry humor. He began nearly in this style: “I am told, gentlemen, that, when a stranger, like myself, arrives among you, the first inquiry is – what brought you here? To satisfy your curiosity at once to myself, I will tell you all about it. I was, for some years, a member of congress. In my last canvass, I told the people of my district, that, if they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but, if not, they might go to h__, and I would go to Texas. I was beaten, gentlemen, and here I am.” The roar of applause was like a thunder-burst.[Louisville Journal.]
That sums up the Texan Spirit beautifully.
And now, you can wear it on a shirt.
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the Gents: