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Title: Cops Shoot Unarmed Dad In The Back, Kill Him For Holding a Phone in His Grandparents’ Backyard
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/co ... -in-his-grandparents-backyard/
Published: Mar 20, 2018
Author: Rachel Blevins
Post Date: 2018-03-21 09:22:58 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 514
Comments: 22

Sacramento, CA – A father was shot and killed in the backyard of his grandparents’ house after police claimed he was the robbery suspect they were searching for and they opened fire because they thought he was holding a gun. They later found out that he was actually holding his phone and was not armed.

Stephen Clark, 23, was shot and killed by police around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The confrontation began when officers started their search for a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants who was reportedly breaking into cars in the neighborhood.

A police helicopter was helping conduct surveillance in the area and its officers claimed that they spotted the suspect in the backyard of one of the houses, attempting to break into a sliding glass door with a “toolbar.”  While the officers then claimed that the suspect went back to the front of the home and started looking into the windows of another car, the deputies on the ground entered a backyard and found Clark on his grandparents’ property.

Sequita Thompson, Clark’s grandmother, told the Sacramento Bee that it was normal for Clark and other guests to enter the home through the backyard because “the front doorbell doesn’t work and she and her husband, who is in a wheelchair, have poor mobility.”

The officers claim that when they entered the backyard and confronted Clark, they feared for their lives because they saw an object in his hand, assumed it was a gun and immediately stated started shooting at him.

“He looked back at our officers and faced them. And had something, an object in his hand, and pointed it at our officers,” Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler said. “And at that time our officers believed it was a firearm, and out of fear for their own lives they fired their service weapons.”

However, investigators have confirmed that Clark was not armed with a gun or a toolbar. The only object found next to his body that had been in his hand was his phone.

Thompson said she was near the window when the shooting happened, and she did not hear police issuing any kinds of commands before she heard four consecutive gunshots ring out, and she immediately dropped to the floor and crawled across the house to check on her husband and her 7-year-old granddaughter.

Both Thompson and her husband were not immediately aware that police were responsible for the gunshots—or who they were targeting—and they called 911 to report it. Officers came to the back of their house and asked to come inside and ask them questions.

Thompson complied and said it was not until she decided to get up and look out the window into her backyard that she realized her grandson had been killed.

“I opened that curtain and he was dead,” she said. “I started screaming.” 

The officers who shot Clark made no attempt to render aid, and his body was left on the ground until backup arrived. While the officers claimed they opened fire because Clark was facing them with an object in his hand, his family has maintained that he was actually shot in the back.

Shernita Crosby, Clark’s aunt, told FOX40 that she believes he had just entered the yard and was walking to the back door of the house when the officers ambushed him and opened fire.

“In the back, so that means he was running,” Crosby said. “So that means that he was probably saying, ‘This is my grandmama’s house. This is where I live. Leave me alone.'”

The two officers responsible for shooting and killing Clark were placed on a taxpayer-funded vacation, or paid administrative leave, while the incident is investigated. The city’s policy requires Body Camera footage to be released within 30 days of the shooting.

Before he was killed, Stephen Clark was a loving father of two sons, ages 1 and 3. Now his children are left growing up without a father and his family is forced to mourn his death, all because police chose to take his life while accusing him of a crime they still have yet to prove he committed.


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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Now his children are left growing up without a father ...

Black children growing up without a father. Oh, the humanity! How will they ever cope?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   9:49:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: misterwhite (#1)

Dads are important. Why are you ok with this man being murdered just because he is black? Your comment reveals a character flaw on your part.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-21   9:51:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

"... and she did not hear police issuing any kinds of commands before she heard four consecutive gunshots ring out."

From another article:

“Fearing for their safety, the officers fired their duty weapons, striking the subject multiple times,” said Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn. In all, 20 rounds were fired. It’s not known how many struck Clark, but he was pronounced dead.

Check your hearing, grandma.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   9:58:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

"Before he was killed, Stephen Clark was a loving father of two sons ..."

From another article:

"The father of two had a troublesome past. Clark says his brother was arrested several times before for various crimes."

Sure. All "loving fathers" get arrested from time to time.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   10:01:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: misterwhite (#4)

"The father of two had a troublesome past. Clark says his brother was arrested several times before for various crimes."

Sure. All "loving fathers" get arrested from time to time.

So now you insist on showing more character flaws. Claiming anyone who is arrested doesn't love their children is what a liar would say.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-21   10:03:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: misterwhite (#3)

“Fearing for their safety, the officers fired their duty weapons, striking the subject multiple times,” said Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn. In all, 20 rounds were fired. It’s not known how many struck Clark, but he was pronounced dead.

Check your hearing, grandma.

So if the neighbor was there and saw the pigs shoot the innocent man. Saw that he had no weapon. They would be justified to get their ar15 out and blow the little piggies heads off because they would have justifiably feared for their lives because they too had a cell phone in their hands. You are not a moral person.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-21   10:05:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: misterwhite (#3)

“Fearing for their safety, the officers fired their duty weapons, striking the subject multiple times..."

They shot him IN THE BACK! He was "armed" with a cell phone.

I'm not surprised to see you defending the murderers (cops).

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-03-21   10:26:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: A K A Stone (#2)

Why are you ok with this man being murdered just because he is black?

Why is his race significant? If the article (and you) are going to make a big deal out of his skin color, then at least allow me to respond to that detail.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   12:56:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: A K A Stone (#5)

Claiming anyone who is arrested doesn't love their children is what a liar would say.

Hard to be a "loving father" sitting in prison. How can anyone claim to be a loving father while engaging in criminal activities that will result in being forcefully removed from their young children?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   13:03:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: A K A Stone (#6)

So if the neighbor was there and saw the pigs shoot the innocent man.

There was no "neighbor" and nobody saw anyone shoot anyone. No one "knew" he had no weapon until the incident was over.

They're free to get their ar15 out, but if they point it at the cops they should expect the same treatment.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   13:09:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Deckard (#7)

They shot him IN THE BACK!

They fired 20 rounds. I'm guessing he was shot in the back, the front, the sides, the top and the bottom.

"I'm not surprised to see you defending the murderers (cops)."

I haven't defended anyone. Up to this point, all of my comments have been directed towards the ex-con victim and his hard-of- hearing grandma.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   13:19:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Deckard (#0)

(From: www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article206055609.html)

"Clark had been been been staying with his grandparents in that home on and off for more than a month, his family said. He had been released from county jail about a month earlier, said his brother, Stevante Clark."

"A search of Sacramento Superior Court records found four related cases for a Stephan Alonzo Clark. The most recent were two felony counts of domestic abuse, to which Clark – who preferred to go by the name Stephon – pleaded guilty and agreed to complete a treatment program. The court record also shows a 2008 robbery charge, and charges in 2013 for possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance."

A "loving father" indeed. Two felony counts of domestic abuse and living not at home with his children but with his grandparents. Plus he's a drug user.

I'm thinking the cops did that entire family a favor. They won't see it that way, unfortunately.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-21   13:34:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Deckard (#0)

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-22   10:39:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Deckard (#0)

Police officers ambushed a man in his family's backyard and fired several rounds into his back, killing him because they claimed the phone in his hand was a gun.

Have you seen the video of him breaking into homes and cars,and then running through back yards to escape?

I'm betting some words you won't read in his obit are "...was employed by...."

I'd also be willing to bet he has an arrest record for drug possession and sales. 23 years old with a wife and a couple of children,and living with his granny..

Good riddance to bad trash.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-03-23   6:30:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: A K A Stone (#2)

Dads are important. Why are you ok with this man being murdered just because he is black?

He wasn't murdered. It was manslaughter at the max. I just saw the infared video on tv of him trying to break into houses and cars,and running through back yards to get away from the police.

I have NO sympathy for the professional criminal class. Good riddance to bad trash.

Having said that,there should a civilian review board view all the videos and statements made,and IF the cops shot and killed him just because they could,they should be arrested and prosecuted. If the video shows it was impossible for them to determine it was a cell phone or a gun in his hand when he turned around and advanced towards them in the dark,they get the benefit of the doubt.

I find it telling in two ways that his own family claims he was running away from the po-po and shot in the back. First of all,if he was running away from the po-po it was because he was a criminal trying to avoid arrest. Secondly,IF he was shot in the back as the family claims,there is no way those cops can justify that. Felony arrest time for them.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-03-23   6:37:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: A K A Stone (#5)

So now you insist on showing more character flaws. Claiming anyone who is arrested doesn't love their children is what a liar would say.

If you love your children you work hard to support them and show them a positive role model. You don't become a junkie doing smash and grabs for drug money while living with your granny,while drawing welfare benefits for your chill-runs. Chances are the state was paying rent to granny so their junkie grandson and his wife would have a place to squat.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-03-23   6:40:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: A K A Stone (#6)

So if the neighbor was there and saw the pigs shoot the innocent man. Saw that he had no weapon.

The neighbors are lying. They didn't see anything. Like everybody else in that neighborhood,when they head shots they started kissing the floor and crawling away from the side of the house the shots were coming from.

Even that punk's granny says she dropped to the floor and crawled to the next room when she heard the shots.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-03-23   6:43:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: misterwhite (#11)

They fired 20 rounds. I'm guessing he was shot in the back, the front, the sides, the top and the bottom.

That's my guess,too. Once most people start shooting,it's hard for them to stop.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-03-23   6:44:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: misterwhite (#12)

A "loving father" indeed. Two felony counts of domestic abuse and living not at home with his children but with his grandparents. Plus he's a drug user.

So is his wife,or she wouldn't still be with him.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-03-23   6:46:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: misterwhite (#13)

What a couple of punk cowards those cops were! They emptied their guns at him,and then just stood there,peeking around the corner at him as he laid on the ground unmoving.

Why the HELL didn't they just advance on him right away? Is it police policy there to let suspects bleed out before approaching them?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-03-23   7:05:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: sneakypete (#17)

I read your comments and if I'm wrong I'm wrong.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-23   8:08:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: Deckard (#0)

Body cam and helicopter video of shooting here:
https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=u0XGz_1521674747

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-23   9:30:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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