Stephon Clark is the latest face of police brutality.
Clark, a 22-year-old Black man who lived in Sacramento, was fatally shot by police in his backyard on March 18. The local police force says officers fired at him 20 times, sparking outrage and protests within the community. The authorities claim they were on the scene to investigate reports of a break-in. They confronted the 22-year-old who ran. Police fired nearly 20 shots at Clark claiming they thought he had a gun. When the smoke cleared, it was discovered he was only holding a cell phone.
New details have emerged, with a family-ordered autopsy revealing Clark was shot eight times in his back.
Diddy posted his outrage on social media. “In his grandmas backyard!,” one caption reads.
“I want the world to see!!” he noted on another. “FUCK YOUUUUU!!!!! I’m so FUCKIN MAD RIGHT NOW!!!!!” he added, disgusted.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg issued a statement urging the community to work together through nonviolent civil action “as we pursue justice and demand reform.”
“We have an obligation to everyone involved, including the family of Clark, to wait for the full findings and results from the official autopsy and investigation,” Steinberg said. “As the mayor of our city, I assure the community and the public that we will aggressively seek answers to all of the questions the community is rightfully asking.”
Just as important, the mayor said, “we will aggressively seek appropriate change to the protocols and training that led to this unacceptable outcome.”