Body camera footage shows Sacramento Police giving Stephon Clark CPR
The Sacramento Police Department Monday released 52 new video files and one audio file of the Stephon Clark shooting. The video and audio predominantly come from the body-worn and in-car cameras of officers responding to the scene of last month's fatal incident.
The Sacramento Bee is asking for your help to review this additional footage.
A team of a dozen reporters and editors in the newsroom is currently examining each clip, and will report on key moments in coming hours.
And community interest in the Clark shooting, both in Sacramento and around the country, is significant. We know many readers also will take the time to watch and think about this source material for themselves. (Find the videos on Sacramento Police's YouTube playlist at the top of this story.)
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Background on Clark
Clark, 22, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers in south Sacramento on March 18. Police apparently thought Clark was armed with a gun, but he held only his cellphone when officers shot at him 20 times, striking him with eight bullets.
Police released video footage from the two officers involved in the shooting and others immediately on site days after it occurred, but are required by a city ordinance to release footage from all responding officers within 30 days of the incident.
A Sacramento County Sheriff's Department helicopter responding to the scene located Clark in a backyard of a nearby home, though police have not definitively confirmed that Clark was the person breaking vehicle windows.
A deputy in the helicopter reported seeing Clark break a sliding glass door in the backyard where he first was spotted. The deputy said Clark used an object, described as a "toolbar," to break the window. Police later said a cinder block and a piece of aluminum similar to what is used in rain gutters had been taken into evidence, but could not say if either was the "toolbar" seen by the deputy.
The helicopter began filming Clark a few seconds later using a thermal camera. Clark jumped a fence into the adjoining backyard, which later was determined to be his grandmother's home, where Clark had been periodically staying.
The helicopter directed patrol officers on the ground to Clark's location. Two officers confronted him in the driveway of his grandmother's home, where they ordered him to show his hands.
Clark ran into the backyard of the home. Officers pursued him. Clark turned towards officers. One officer yelled, "Gun, gun, gun" before both began firing.
Clark died at the scene. No gun was found, but his iPhone was located next to his body.
His death has sparked renewed calls for police reform in Sacramento and nationally, especially in African American communities.