Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., immediately weighed in on the police shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark at a town hall in Sacramento Thursday night. Police shot and killed the unarmed black man in his grandparents’ backyard nearly three weeks ago.
Harris said Clark should not have been killed and said more police officers need training in implicit bias.
“We all carry bias," she said. "But when your bias is coupled with the fact that you carry a gun, it is something that has to be a priority for us.”
Harris called for reforms, but stopped short of supporting new legislation introduced in the state Capitol. Among several bills recently introduced is one that would restrict when officers can use deadly force. Harris, the former California attorney general, said she needs to see the bill’s language before taking a position on it.
In the past, civil rights groups have criticized her for not supporting legislation that would have required the state attorney general to independently investigate fatal police shootings.
Harris also addressed the upcoming congressional testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company has come under fire after it was revealed data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the data of millions of Facebook users. Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify next Tuesday before a joint meeting of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees about how the company protects user data.
Harris sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She said she's concerned users' privacy was violated and that they weren't told about the violation after it happened.
"It is about your rights to know and to then control what you will choose to do," she said. "And so, for a lot of reasons, I'm very concerned about what happened, and I look forward to getting some answers."