Despite the Sacramento police narrative suggesting Stephon Clark walked towards officers brandishing what appeared to be a gun, an autopsy revealed that the unarmed man was shot 8 times, 7 of them from behind.
Clark’s family had an independent autopsy performed and the results were released Friday, proving the 22-year-old father of 2 was killed from behind, reported ABC7.
Dr. Bennet Omalu also determined it took the unarmed man up to 10 minutes to die.
After shooting him in the back yard of his grandparents house, police waited around 5 minutes before even approaching the dying man. Clark had a cell phone that police allegedly thought was a gun, so they naturally feared for their lives and shot at him 20 times.
“The proposition is he was facing officers is inconsistent with prevailing forensic evidence,” Omalu said at a news conference.
“These findings from the independent autopsy contradict the police narrative that we’ve been told,” said Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer.
“This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances.”
Omalu was unable to determine if Clark could have survived if he had immediate medical help. He also stated any of the 6 bullets that hit him in the back or 1 in the neck could have been the fatal shot. The 8th bullet hit him in the thigh.
The March 18 killing has led to daily peaceful protests in downtown Sacramento.
Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at Clark’s funeral Thursday and praised their non violent protests, despite officers killing another unarmed man.
“I want the folks in California to know that there’s nothing wrong with how these young people are standing up,” he said. “They’re not being violent, they’re asking for you to stop being violent to them.”