The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police has roiled California's capital city, leading to a protest that shut down a freeway and delayed an National Basketball Association game at the downtown arena.
After the game, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Randivé came out onto the court to address the protest and make a plea for healing: "We recognize that it's not just business as usual and we are going to work really hard to bring everybody together and make the world a better place, starting with out community", he said. Several people, including one member of the clergy, would get the growing crowd moving again as the protesters eventually went to an area where there were several courthouses.
Hundreds of protesters chanted, "It's a phone, not a gun!" in reference to the killing last Sunday night of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, a father of two who was shot 20 times by two police officers while standing in the backyard of his grandparents' home, where he'd been staying.
Police say they fired at Clark, who matched the description of a suspect who was breaking auto windows, because they believed he possessed a firearm, which turned out to be an iPhone.
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In the footage, both officers reassure each other that they have not been hit.
After a few minutes, speaking to the still body, an officer shouts, "Hey, can you hear us?"
"With this incident and with every incident we have, we always look for ways in which we can improve", Matthew said.
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He also questioned why an arriving backup officer had the two original officers turn off the microphones on their body cameras, eliminating what he called "important evidence".
A sheriff's helicopter hovered, its spotlight sweeping over backyards, as it relayed information about the movement of the suspect, darting through yards and pausing to peer into a auto. Officers on the ground cornered him and, believing he had a gun in his hand, fired 20 rounds.
The Sacramento Police Department released footage on Wednesday of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was in his own backyard. On the video, the officers can not be heard saying they are police.
The Sacramento Police Department said they were responding to reports of a man seen breaking into at least three vehicles and later into a neighbor's home. The vigil is meant to remember not only Clark, but others killed by Sacramento police.
Clark's grandmother said she was inside the house when the shots were fired, and saw her grandson with an iPhone.
The department had said he advanced toward the officers holding an object extended in front of him.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee, said he understood the public's reaction but called for calm. City Councilman Larry Carr decried the loss of life and said police must provide timely information. The two officers who fired their weapons were placed on administrative leave.
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