The two Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard will not be charged in his death.
Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet were dispatched to investigate a routine vandalism complaint. Within 10 minutes of their arrival, 22-year-old Stephon was dead.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said on Saturday in Sacramento:
Was a crime committed? There’s no question that a human being died.
But when we look at the facts and the law, and we follow our ethical responsibilities, the answer to that question is no. And as a result, we will not charge these officers.
Via NY Times:
The officers fired their weapons 20 times in Mr. Clark’s direction within seconds of turning a blind corner. “Both officers believed that he was pointing a gun at them,” Ms. Schubert said. She added that police video showed Mr. Clark was “advancing” on the officers.
Mr. Clark was later found to be unarmed; his cellphone was found under his body.
An autopsy released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office in May found at least seven bullets hit Mr. Clark.
Another day…another officer gets away with murder.