Prayer to open City Council meeting on Sacramento police policies
The brother of the man fatally shot by two Sacramento Police Department officers last month is organizing community healing events this weekend.
The gatherings, titled StevanteSpeaks, will feature an open mike and speakers, as well as a meet and greet and performance by Stevante Clark, the older brother of Stephon Clark, who died March 18 after two Sacramento Police Department officers shot him.
“I want the city to be together,” Stevante Clark told The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday during a barbecue and protest at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. “I don’t want anyone to be hurt, especially black people.”
The first event is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday at RockBand University, 720 Olive Drive, Suite H, in Davis. A flyer posted on the IamStephonClark Twitter and Instagram pages calls on artists and poets to “help raise money for Stephon Clark’s mother and family.”
A listening party for Stevante Clark’s music is planned for the same location the following morning from 8 to noon. The venue will host a second open mike from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Stevante Clark, who goes by the stage name Pharoah Davinci, hopes to expand the StevanteSpeaks shows into a tour, said Kaitlyn Darlene, a personal assistant for Stevante Clark. A donation of any amount is required at the door for entry to this weekend’s events, she said.
Donations will go to Clark’s family, the city of Sacramento and a fund to build a library in Stephon Clark’s name, she added. None of the proceeds will go to Stevante Clark, though a small portion will go toward hosting similar fundraisers.
“I speak for me, my momma and my brother,” Stevante Clark told a crowd of people gathered in front of a Sacramento District Attorney’s Office Tuesday. “I speak for the kids because they don’t understand yet.”
The StevanteSpeaks events come more than three weeks after Stephon Clark was fatally shot by two Sacramento Police Department officers who were called to the Meadowview neighborhood after a nearby resident reported broken car windows and a man fleeing into a neighbor’s backyard.
The department said the officers feared Clark was holding a weapon when they shot him in the backyard of his grandparents’ home. Clark was found carrying a cellphone after the shooting and no firearm was found.
Following the shooting and the subsequent national attention brought onto his family, Stevante Clark said he's experiencing mental health problems. He sought in-patient mental health treatment last week after police were called out on a disturbance call to a North Sacramento hotel, where Stevante Clark and his family are staying.
On Tuesday, Stevante Clark also mentioned plans of creating a coalition for “people who lost brothers like me.” He has repeatedly called on Mayor Darrell Steinberg to build resource centers and a library in his brother’s name.
Tuesday’s gathering was the third consecutive week of protests in front of the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office since the shooting. Organized by Black Lives Matter Sacramento, the group is calling for the county’s district attorney, Anne Marie Schubert, to file charges against the two officers involved in the shooting.
Attendees grilled food and at one point blocked exits to a parking lot at the back of the building before heading to a Sacramento City Council meeting.
Stevante Clark carried fake $100 bills sent to him by America Hustle, a local T-shirt print shop that he said is helping raise money for Clark’s family. He said the bills were the same ones captured on a viral video alleging he was carrying stacks of money donated to his brother’s family after the shooting.