Stephon Clark shot six times in back – eight times in all – private autopsy says

Stephon Clark was shot six times in the back and eight times total by Sacramento police officers, according to a private autopsy released Friday by his family's legal team, a finding that increased tensions in a city already on edge about the shooting of the unarmed black man.

The review concluded that Clark was not facing officers when they opened fire and hit him first in the side. The force of that round spun him around with his back to officers, and six rounds penetrated his back moving in a forward trajectory, the Clark family legal team said.

The last shot struck his left thigh area as Clark was falling or had fallen, the autopsy found.

Clark family attorney Benjamin Crump said the autopsy "affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances."

The review was conducted by prominent pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, the former chief medical examiner in San Joaquin County best known for his research on football-related concussions. His findings were released at a Friday morning press conference held by Crump and other attorneys representing Clark's family.

The legal team showed some confusion Friday. The team first said Clark was not struck in the front, but later revised its press release to say one shot did enter through the front and did not specify which one.

The team also released two different autopsy drawings, one showing the first round striking Clark on the left side, another showing the round entering on the right. The legal team said the drawing with the entry point on the right side was accurate.

Autopsy diagram

According to the autopsy that Dr. Bennet Omalu performed for the Clark family, Stephon Clark was hit by eight bullets. The bullet numbers are for reference only, and do not indicate the sequence of impact. Key points from Omalu’s analysis:
Note: The diagram released by the Clark legal team showing the Bullet 7 wound on Clark’s right side can be seen here.
Source: Dr. Bennet Omalu
Sharon Okada / The Sacramento Bee
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