Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Sacramento police release dozens more videos from Stephon Clark shooting

Clark was shot dead last month. Helicopter video shows the moments leading up to the shooting. Clark's body is seen lying on the ground as bullets continue to fly by him Sacramento police release dozens more videos from Stephon Clark shooting
Sherri Watson | 18 April, 2018, 10:13

Today, the Sacramento Police Department will be releasing additional audio and video material related to the officer-involved shooting of Stephon Clark that occurred on March 18, 2018 in the 7500 block of 29 Street.

Last month, the department made the unusual decision to release video of Stephon Clark's shooting within three days after he was killed, including body camera footage from the two officers who shot the 22-year-old while responding to reports of someone breaking auto windows, and from a sheriff's department helicopter circling overhead.

Authorities said the officers shot Clark because they believed he held a weapon.

The full playlist of the 50 released videos is available via YouTube.

Clark's grandfather, Tommy Thompson, had lost his legs due to complications from diabetes, according to Clark's uncle, Curtis Gordon. Officers handcuff and search Clark, who was slowly dying or already dead, after waiting for five minutes to approach his body. Family members said it was typical for relatives to knock on the rear window so Thompson could use a remote garage door opener to let them into the house.

The dispatcher advises the man until police contact him, to remain indoors. Police confirmed Monday that the call came from inside the Thompson's home.

Sequita Thompson, Clark's grandma, earlier said she was viewing a video clip of the granddaughter dancing when booms were discovered by her. She said she crawled to where her granddaughter was sleeping on the couch, pulled her to the floor, crawled to her husband and told him to call 911. Both officers that took Clark muted their microphones minutes after.

The newly released videos also show officers muting their body cameras, The Washington Post reported, noting that the issue of muted cameras sparked controversy and led to new policies saying officers shall only mute cameras in special circumstances.

Other videos show officers muting the cameras.

The human footage revealed later firing Clark to begin administering aid officers surfaced more than 5 minutes.