Black Lives Matter activists cited for protesting DA Schubert inside Sacramento restaurant

Six activists protesting inside a downtown restaurant where Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert was scheduled to speak at a luncheon Thursday were ordered to leave, and two were issued citations.

Schubert was scheduled to speak at the luncheon, organized by Women Lawyers of Sacramento, at Lucca’s private dining room at noon Thursday.

When the luncheon began, four women stood at the front of the room holding large cloth banners that read, “30 CASES NO CONVICTIONS,” and “DA SCHUBERT YOUR HANDS ARE BLOODY TOO,” covered in red hand prints, according to a video posted to Black Lives Matter Sacramento’s Facebook page.

Schubert announced earlier this month she will not charge the two officers who shot unarmed Stephon Clark in March 2018 after apparently mistaking his cellphone for a gun.

As the event started, a woman told the activists to sit down or she is going to ask the restaurant to remove them, according to the video. The women remained standing. A man who said he is the owner asked the same. They remained standing.

While they stood, Schubert said to Tanya Faison, founder of Black Lives Matter Sacramento, “Hey Tanya, just so you know, when we’re done with this, I’d like to give you my card so when I finish my speech, maybe we can set up a time ... so you can come down and we can talk about some of this stuff.”

After 12 minutes, officers arrived and told them to leave or they would be arrested for trespassing, the video shows.

Four of the activists left, while Faison and Sandra Boykin stayed, Basquez said. Police detained and transported the two to a police facility on Richards Boulevard, cited, and released them, Basquez said.

The citations were for trespassing, Faison said.

Lucca’s owner did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The demonstration was organized by The Table Sacramento, a collective of black community activists, said Sonia Lewis, a leader of Black Lives Matter Sacramento who attended the demonstration. The group purchased eight tickets to the luncheon, Lewis said.

The activists want Schubert to support Assembly Bill 392, which would restrict when officers can use deadly force, Lewis said. They also want Schubert to support Sacramento Community Police Review Commission recommendations, which would tighten the deadly force standard at a local level and require police to post quarterly public reports detailing all use of force incidents.

Protesters also demanded Schubert examine officers’ text messages, Internet searches, and toxicology results as part of her investigations in officer-involved shootings, according to a news release from the activists. When Schubert announced she was not charging the officers who killed Clark, she disclosed drugs were found in Clark’s system, his history of domestic abuse and his recent Internet searches on methods of suicide.

“The goal is to make the public know, and the people who are admiring the work of Schubert know, that there are people in our county who are dying at the hands of law enforcement and her office has the power to change that,” Lewis said.

Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Before joining The Bee in 2018, she worked as a local government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Press in Virginia and the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.