'Stand up fight back:' Stephon Clark protesters speak out at candlelight vigil
A vigil in response to the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark is being planned to take place outside of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Florin Service Center in south Sacramento at 7 p.m. Saturday, organizers announced.
Clark, 22, was killed March 18 after officers investigating reports of a man breaking car windows chased him into his grandmother's backyard and fired 20 shots. Officers said they believed Clark was holding a gun, but Clark was holding only his cellphone.
Saturday's vigil – one of many demonstrations in Sacramento in recent weeks – comes one day after the results of a private autopsy commissioned by Clark's family showed that Clark was shot eight times, with six bullets striking him in the back.
Organizers said the event will take place outside of the Sheriff's Department center to protest the Department's assistance in tracking Clark from a helicopter the night he was killed.
"We will be lighting candles to call for justice for all victims of police terror and an end to all forms of police brutality," the news release said. "We welcome the community of Sacramento to come express their grief while also building an alternative to the system that has been killing and criminalizing us for too long."