Activists are protesting the Sacramento Police Department after two of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man Sunday.
Police released body camera footage Wednesday that shows officers firing a combined 20 rounds at 22-year-old Stephon Clark, who they believed was armed. It turns out he was just holding a cell phone.
Local NAACP chapter president Betty Williams will meet with Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn Thursday to discuss the department’s changing narrative around Clark’s death.
“While we respect the role of (SPD) in our community ... these shooting(s) have angered, frustrated and frighten(ed) people in our community,” the NAACP said in a statement. “We are also frustrated with the justice system which fails to indict such killings. We are a community experiencing post-traumatic stress and as such the community and police relations(hip) remains one of mistrust,” the statement read.
“Not only does our community deserves answers, but the family expects answers immediately,” Williams said on Facebook.
Sacramento Area Congregations Together planned a protest at City Hall at 3 p.m. Thursday.
A vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday near Clark’s grandparents’ home, where he was shot.
A GoFundMe page to benefit Clark’s family had raised more than $3,400 as of Thursday afternoon.
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