Calif. AG joins investigation into fatal Sacramento police shooting

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Calif. AG joins investigation into fatal Sacramento police shooting

California has joined the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was killed by Sacramento police March 18, the state attorney general’s office said today.

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Attorney General Xavier Becerra will oversee an “independent part” of the Sacramento Police Department investigation, he said at a news conference that included Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

Community leaders and pastors were also present.

“The police department will continue to be transparent and continue to openly share information that we can regarding this investigation,” Hahn said at the news conference.

PHOTO: An undated family photograph of Stephon Clark who was holding his cellphone when he was fatally shot March 18, 2018 by two Sacramento police officers who fired at him 20 times, the department said. KXTV
An undated family photograph of Stephon Clark who was holding his cellphone when he was fatally shot March 18, 2018 by two Sacramento police officers who fired at him 20 times, the department said.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and neither the Becerra nor Hahn gave any indication of how long they expect it to be.

The police department has not officially released the names of the officers involved in the shooting because of death threats they’ve received, Hahn said.

According to Sacramento Police Department bodycam footage, Clark, 22, was unarmed. He had been holding an iPhone.

PHOTO: California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra and the California Sheriffs Department, announced that his office will be independently investigating the death of Stephon Clark. KXTV
California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra and the California Sheriff’s Department, announced that his office will be independently investigating the death of Stephon Clark.

When officers encountered Clark, according to the footage, they believed he was holding a “toolbar.” The officers said Clark motioned toward them, as one can be heard yelling, “Show me your hands … gun, gun, gun.”

The officers then combined to fire 20 shots.

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