Civil rights leaders joined the family of Stephon Clark in Sacramento Monday to speak out about the police shooting death of the unarmed black man on March 18.
Clark’s grandmother sobbed and asked why police officers shot and killed her 22-year-old grandson in the backyard of her home instead of using a taser or dog to subdue him. Police fired at Clark 20 times.
"They didn't have to shoot him like that," she said. "They didn't have to shoot him that many times."
It’s a question civil rights leaders are asking, too. Alice Huffman, president of the California Hawaii NAACP, said she wants a change to state law to allow for independent investigations of certain police shootings.
“He didn’t have a gun, they didn’t taser him, they were in the dark," she said. "There are so many things in here that are irregular. It should automatically go to an independent investigator.”
An Assembly bill that would have allowed for independent investigations was watered down and then stalled in committee last year.