Stephon Clark shot six times in back — eight times in all — private autopsy says

“Stephon Clark was shot six times in the back and eight times total by Sacramento police officers, according to a private autopsy released Friday morning by his family’s legal team, a finding that may roil emotions in a city already on edge about the shooting of the unarmed black man,” as the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“The autopsy found that there were no bullet entries from the front. Instead, the review concluded that Clark was facing a house with his left side to officers when they opened fire and hit him first in the left side under the arm. The force of that round spun him around with his back to officers, and six rounds penetrated his back moving in a forward trajectory, the Clark family legal team said.

“The last shot struck his left thigh area as Clark was falling or had fallen, the autopsy found.

“Clark family attorney Benjamin Crump said the autopsy “affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances.”

“‘Further comment by the Sacramento Police Department prior to the release of the Coroner’s report along with the official review by the Sacramento County District Attorney and the California Department of Justice would be inappropriate at this time,’ Sacramento police said. ‘We acknowledge the importance of this case to all in our community and we are committed to a thorough and comprehensive investigation.’

“Clark, 22, was killed March 18 after Sacramento police received reports of a car burglar in the Meadowview area. Two officers chased Clark into the backyard of his grandparents’ home, where they ordered him to show his hands, then fired 20 shots at him because they believed he had a gun, according to body camera video released by police three days after the shooting.

“Clark was later found to be carrying only a cellphone.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

7 thoughts on “Stephon Clark shot six times in back — eight times in all — private autopsy says”

  1. I regret that guns are too often a first response instead of a last resort by police. I also can’t help but wonder if cops are taught to aim at arms or legs instead of at the body itself, too often resulting in death.

    1. I’ve also known a number of great cops who are heroes, and are there specifically for the community. I respect them, especially in light that they have to keep their moral compass while being surrounded by thugs. Serpico’s story is emblematic of that, and in fact I used to work with the police along with my mother and father in NYC at his precinct (the 19th) at community events. My
      ex-wife was also a 911 dispatcher when we lived in Austin. I’ve seen the good and the bad. There is a much higher percentage of “bad” in law enforcement compared to the general population.

  2. How sad that this country’s demand for a slave economy created such an horrific legacy.
    Over the decades, from Selma to Sacramento, the Creator has held a mirror up to this nation.
    Not looking too shiny, are we?

  3. George Rebane is having a cow on his blog because The Union editor wrote a sensible column on gun control. I love it!

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