Protests continue at vigil in Meadowview, Stephon Clark’s family home
About 100 protesters marched through Meadowview on Friday to the home where Stephon Clark was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers last year.
They chanted “Hands up! Don’t shoot. Fists up! Fight back!” “Whose streets? Our streets!” “Black Lives Matter!” before reaching the 29th Street home of Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson.
There, Clark’s brother, Stevante, escorted a group of the marchers into the backyard where his brother was shot on March 18.
The yard had a stone memorial marker with Stephon Clark’s name on it. It was surrounded by four lit candles.
“This could be you. This could be your family,” Stevante Clark said before leading the protesters in the backyard in a moment of silence. It didn’t last long.
“We’re going to say his name and we’re going to say it loud as hell,” Clark said.
The street march resumed down 21st, back towards Florin Boulevard, near where the protest originated. At around 8:40 p.m the group stopped in the intersection of 29th Street and Florin, halting traffic. Speakers talked into a microphone with a public address system until the crowd broke up around 9 p.m.
Police gave the crowd a wide berth, blocking vehicles.
The protest originally began nearby as a candlelight vigil, and came at the end of a week of protests sparked by Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s decision not to charge Jared Robinet and Terrance Mercadel – the officers who killed Clark – with a crime.
The vigil was organized by the Answer Coalition, which advocated in posters and a Facebook post for Robinet and Mercadel to be jailed.
Police arrested 84 protesters in East Sacramento on Monday after declaring the protest unlawful because of vandalism allegedly being caused by the protesters. On Friday, Schubert announced she wasn’t going to charge those arrested.
On Thursday, hundreds of students marched peacefully through the streets to the Capitol, where they called for changes in the use of force by police.