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Posted by: Charles Mar 31 2018, 03:59 PM
Autopsy shows police shot unarmed black man in the back, refuting official story, lawyer says

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Photo: A mourner holds up a photo of police shooting victim Stephon Clark during the funeral services for Clark in Sacramento. (AP: Jeff Chiu)

An autopsy on an unarmed black man killed by police officers in California's capital last week shows that none of the eight bullets hit him in the front, contradicting the official version of events, a lawyer for the deceased's family has said.

Clark was hit six times in the back, once in the side and once in the leg, the independent autopsy found.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the family of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old African-American killed in Sacramento on March 18, said the findings refuted police statements that the man had been moving toward officers in a menacing way when they fired.

"This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances," Mr Crump said in a statement.

Clark's death was the most recent in a string of fatal shootings of black men by police that have triggered protests across the United States and fuelled a national debate about bias in the American criminal justice system.

The Sacramento Police Department said in a statement that it would have no further comment on the case until after the release of the findings of an official autopsy by the county coroner, and a review by state and local prosecutors.

Dr Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who conducted the independent autopsy, said at a briefing that any one of seven bullets that entered the upper half of Clark's body could have killed him.

"Each of these bullets independently possessed a fatal capacity, meaning … all he needed was one of the seven to die," said Dr Omalu, a Nigerian-born physician best known for his research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players.

Clark's shooting has sparked largely peaceful demonstrations in Sacramento.

On several occasions over the last two weeks, protesters have marched, held demonstrations and twice blocked fans from reaching games played by the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team at the Golden 1 Centre.

Clark, a father of two, was gunned down in the backyard of his grandparents' house by police responding to a report that someone was breaking windows.

Police said the officers who shot at Clark 20 times feared he was holding a firearm, but that he was later found to have been holding a mobile phone.

The incident was captured in graphic detail in a body cam video released by the police on Wednesday.

"Prior to the shooting, the involved officers saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands," a police statement released on Monday read.

At the funeral service for Clark on Thursday, veteran civil rights leader the Reverend Al Sharpton said: "We're going to make Donald Trump and the whole world deal with the issue of police misconduct," referring to the President.

The service at a church in Sacramento came a day after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters the shooting was a "local matter".

California Attorney-General Xavier Becerra has said state investigators will oversee the investigation and review the police department's procedures and practices.


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Photo: Protestors march down a street block the funeral for Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California. (AP: Rich Pedroncelli)


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-31/autopsy-refutes-police-account-of-california-shooting/9606650

The link contains video footage from one of the police officer's bodycam. While it is inconclusive, it appears the victim was running from them rather than towards them as claimed.

Sadly this is another chapter in the gun deaths at the hands of American police.

I won't comment on the colour and race issue as this has been mentioned many times before.

What I will say is the American gun culture has a lot to answer to.

The fact that so many American citizens carry guns leads law enforcement officers to almost panic and use a "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality.

My thoughts are with Stephon Clark's young family.

Posted by: Bear Mar 31 2018, 04:36 PM
I agree with your sentiments regarding this terrible story Charles, while we excel in so many areas, humanity must come to terms with the mindless killing of others.

Too many guns, too many senseless killings!
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Posted by: scepo Mar 31 2018, 05:00 PM
I'm not sure how much Americas gun culture has to do with this.

I do think American law enforcement agencies seem to have a gung ho attitude and culture that needs to be toned down. I say that knowing full well that cops worldwide have a tough, difficult and often dangerous job, but that does not excuse a shoot first ask questions later attitude.

Posted by: Bill Mar 31 2018, 05:21 PM
Thank you for posting the story Charles. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/lbill.gif

Posted by: scepo Mar 31 2018, 05:24 PM
QUOTE (Bill @ Mar 31 2018, 05:21 PM)
Thank you for posting the story Charles.  http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/lbill.gif


Did you need this topic posted to show that we are not cherry picking stories on racist grounds Bill? http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

Or do you still consider us to be racist white supremacists? http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif


Posted by: Bill Mar 31 2018, 06:15 PM
QUOTE (scepo @ Mar 31 2018, 05:24 PM)
QUOTE (Bill @ Mar 31 2018, 05:21 PM)
Thank you for posting the story Charles.  http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/lbill.gif


Did you need this topic posted to show that we are not cherry picking stories on racist grounds Bill? http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

Or do you still consider us to be racist white supremacists? http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif


Hi scepo

The last time I posted a story about a black death by a white policeman, Bear started posting his Anti Black lives Matter videos from Infowars, one of his fabvourite websites. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/biggrin.gif

I have considered posting a few of these articles, but chose not to - and that's why I thanked Charles for posting it - and I should also commend other posters for looking a bit more deeply into the issues of black deaths at the hands of police in the U.S.

Had I posted this story, it may not have been received in the way it has because Charles posted it.

Once again Charles. Thank you for posting it. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/lbill.gif


Posted by: Bear Apr 1 2018, 12:29 PM
"The last time I posted a story about a black death by a white policeman, Bear started posting his Anti Black lives Matter videos from Infowars, one of his fabvourite websites."

And, here we go again - more of Bill's dirt. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif

"Or do you still consider us to be racist white supremacists?"

Nothing will change Scepo - Bill thinks that he knows us all so well.

Another topic has been twisted to suit Bill's sly agenda.




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