05 April, 2018
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is claiming that the Saturday night vigil for Stephon Clark that resulted in the hospitalization of one woman who was struck by a police cruiser was infiltrated by professional, paid protesters.
The incident Saturday night threatens to exacerbate an already tense relationship between police and protesters in California's capital.
In a video published by ABC10, a throng of protesters took to busy Florin Road south of downtown chanting slogans, including "Say his name!"
"This is another glaring example of the dehumanization of our community by law enforcement; a state bodyguard meant to protect and serve", the Sacramento Black Lives Matter group said on it Facebook page Sunday.
The National Lawyers Guild - which observed the protest firsthand and a member of which shot video of the incident - said in a statement Sunday night that the Sheriff's department is being "dishonest and misleading" when it says the auto was moving slowly. She said the patrol vehicle was accelerating and "never even stopped" before hitting her. "It was a very fast acceleration, not the way you would move with people around".
Cleveland was taken to a hospital with injuries. An officer can be heard warning demonstrators to back away from his vehicle four times over his public-address system.
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The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department shared footage from inside the deputy's vehicle as he hit the protester, seen on the right, Saturday night. "The vehicle just sped off". The department vehicle suffered scratches, dents and a shattered rear window that was caused by vandals and unrelated to the collision, according to Sgt. Shaun Hampton. The incident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m., is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Clark was killed by two Sacramento Police officers in his grandmother's backyard. The Bee described Cleveland as a regular attendee at City Council meetings.
"It's more than color", Barnes told the crowd.
Ex-NBA player Matt Barnes announced that he will be launching a scholarship fund for Stephon Clark's two sons to ensure that they can afford to go to college. An autopsy showed Clark was hit eight times, mostly in the back, according to The Washington Post.
The Sacramento Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. "This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances", Attorney Benjamin Crump said following the release of the autopsy report. She remains in pain as she recovers at home and says she's angry.
Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn told CNN he doesn't know why the cameras were muted. His office provided no other information about the officers in the cruiser.