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Lawyer, family of Stephon Clark to speak at Al Sharpton’s New York conference

Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump talks to the Bee about the killing of Stephon Clark

Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump talks to the Bee about the killing of Stephon Clark
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Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump talks to the Bee about the killing of Stephon Clark

The attorney for Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old African American man fatally shot by two Sacramento Police Department officers on March 18, will speak about his client’s death at this week’s National Action Network Convention in New York City.

Benjamin Crump will appear on a 90-minute panel titled “The State of American Justice in the Age of Trump’ alongside three other prominent lawyers Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. EST Wednesday. Clark’s family is also expected to attend the three-day conference and answer questions from reporters.

Crump’s appearance will come two days after Sacramento police and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department released 52 videos that caused some to question why officers waited several minutes to provide first aid after shooting Clark. Body-cam footage and helicopter footage had previously been released three days after the shooting.

“This latest horrifying video evidence further proves the reckless, irresponsible, and deadly behavior of the police officers involved,” Crump said in a prepared statement. “Though nothing can bring Stephon back to his family, we will not rest until we see those responsible held accountable and clear action taken to prevent tragedies like this from occurring in the future.”

Al Sharpton, who eulogized Clark in Sacramento in late March, founded the National Action Network in 1991. Other speakers at the conference include a slew of sitting U.S. Senators and members of Congress, rapper/actor/activist Common and MSNBC host Joy Reid.

Clark was shot after allegedly smashing windows on the Meadowview street where his grandparents lived. Police fired 20 rounds at him under the belief he was holding a gun as he stood in his grandparents’ backyard. The object in Clark’s hand was later determined to be a cell phone, and a private autopsy concluded eight bullets pierced his body.

The shooting attracted national attention, sparked protests which frequently closed downtown streets and forced SPD Chief Daniel Hahn to promise policy changes in the future.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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