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 SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 29, 2018: Black Lives Matter protestors confront police in downtown Sacramento. Stephon Clark was fatally shot by two Sacramento police officers last week in his grandmother�s backyard while they investigated a vandalism complaint. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times

Say His Name: the Stephon Clark Protests

On the evening of March 18, 2018, Sacramento Police Officers Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet were investigating routine vandalism complaints in the Meadowview neighborhood when they shot and killed Stephon Clark, 22, in his grandmother’s backyard. They claimed he pointed a gun at them. It was a cellphone.

In the ensuing weeks and months, Sacramentans took to the streets to peacefully demand changes in policing and to hold the officers accountable. They took over city council meetings, blocked entrance to NBA games and rush hour traffic in downtown. In response, nearly a year later, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that she would not file charges against the two officers and they remain on the job. Sacramentans continue to protest.

 

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Say His Name: the Stephon Clark Protests

By Max Whittaker

On the evening of March 18, 2018, Sacramento Police Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet were investigating routine vandalism complaints in the Meadowview neighborhood when they shot and killed Stephon Clark, 22, in his grandmother’s backyard. They claimed he pointed a gun at them. It was a cellphone.

In the ensuing weeks and months, Sacramentans took to the streets to peacefully demand changes in policing and to hold the officers accountable. They took over city council meetings, blocked entrance to NBA games and disrupted rush hour traffic in downtown. In response, nearly a year later, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that she would not file charges against the two officers and they remain on the job. Sacramentans continue to protest.

 
 

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