Stephon Clark: US police not charged for killing unarmed black man

Almost a year after Sacramento police fatally shot Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man who died in his grandmother's backyard, District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert announced during a Saturday press conference that the two officers who killed him will not face criminal charges.

"And as a result we will not charge these officers with any criminal liabilities related to the shooting death and the use of force on Stephon Clark".

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said officers Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet used lethal force lawfully. The city said it was bracing for more protests ahead of the decision.

In an hour-long press conference, Schubert justified her decision to not file any charges against Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet, referring to the bodycam and helicopter police videos from the scene, accounts given by the witnesses, an initial 911 call alerting police on a suspected vehicle burglary, multiple evaluations of Clark's autopsy report and his cell phone history.

Sequette (suh-KWET) Clark said Saturday that the officers should have been charged with homicide.

She added: "We can not ignore that there is rage within our community".

Dr. Bennet Omalu - subject of the Will Smith film Concussion - conducted an independent autopsy for Clark's family, and said police shot the young man seven times from behind.

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Protests after the shooting were largely peaceful but disrupted downtown professional basketball games and freeway traffic.

It shows him initially moving toward the officers, who are peeking out from behind a corner of the house, but it's not clear whether he was facing them or that he knew the officers were there when they opened fire after shouting "gun, gun, gun".

The two officers shot Clark, 22, eight times, in his grandmother's backyard on 18 March 2018, mistaking a cellphone in his hand for a gun.

The official autopsy, later made public, disputed Omalu's findings and stated that Clark was likely approaching the officers when he was shot, consistent with the police report.

The use of force was justified, Ms Schubert said, as the officers had feared for their lives, believing Mr Clark was armed with a gun and had allegedly moved towards the officers.

Protests after the shooting were so massive they at one point closed an interstate; in August, an angry group crashed the wedding of one of the accused officers.

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