Tuesday marked six months since two Sacramento police officers shot and killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man suspected of breaking car windows and a glass door on a neighbors house before the officers confronted him in his grandparent’s backyard.
Clark’s family marked the half-year anniversary of his death by calling on police to take responsibility for the shooting. The family filed a legal claim earlier this month against the city seeking up to $35 million. Such claims are generally a precursor to a civil rights lawsuit.
Clark’s mother Se'Quette Clark said she wants an apology from Sacramento police for killing her son.
“This is affecting my entire life, the lives of his siblings, the lives of my parents. It’s affecting our entire family," she said. "We’re not OK as a result of this. No one’s OK, we’re not OK. We can’t just, like, go on.”
The Police Department never confirmed the identities of the officers who fired at Clark, but civil rights attorneys who identified them through file names on body camera footage the department released confirmed officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet fired the shots.