“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.”
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