Note: See the updated story about the autopsy results here.
A private autopsy of Stephon Clark’s body is expected to come into the light at 10:45 a.m. Friday, when attorney Ben Crump holds a press conference outside Southside Christian Center to announce Dr. Bennet Omalu’s findings.
Omalu became well-known last decade for his discovery of CTE, a brain disease often seen in ex-football players, and was played by Will Smith in the 2015 movie “Concussion.”
He served as San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner for 10 years until his high-profile resignation in December 2017, when he accused Sheriff/Coroner Steve Moore of mutilating bodies, changing homicides by law enforcement agents to “accidents” and making family members wait weeks for simple autopsies of their loved ones.
The Sacramento Police Department has announced that two officers, later identified by attorneys as Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet, fired 10 shots apiece at Clark the night of March 18. It is not know how many bullets struck the 22-year-old.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has not yet made results of Clark’s autopsy public. Clark’s family opted for a private autopsy after announcing they didn’t trust the county’s findings.
Crump will also introduce civil co-counsel Brian Panish as well as attorney Dale Galipo at the press conference. Both veteran prosecutors are based in Los Angeles. CBS reported a federal civil lawsuit may be filed as early as Friday.
Clark was buried Thursday after an emotional funeral at Bayside Boss Church, where Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy and former Sacramento Kings and Del Campo High basketball player Matt Barnes was in attendance.
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, firstname.lastname@example.org