South Sacramento pastor calls for justice, love following Stephon Clark shooting
Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect a new location for the funeral.
Activist Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy during Thursday’s funeral service for Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old Sacramento man who was shot by two Sacramento police officers earlier this month, a press release from Sharpton’s civil rights organization said.
The service will take place at Bayside Boss Church, 6528 44th Street in south Sacramento. It begins at 11 a.m.
Rachel Noerdlinger, a spokeswoman for Sharpton, said the funeral service will open to the public.
Sharpton announced he would visit California’s capital last week while on his MSNBC show, “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton.” Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Clark family who has represented families of other high-profile police shootings, was on the show and said Clark’s family hoped Sharpton would attend the funeral and deliver the eulogy.
The news of Sharpton’s visit comes just more than a week after the March 18 police shooting of Clark, who died in his grandparents’ backyard in the Meadowview neighborhood after being shot at 20 times by two Sacramento police officers. The officers were in the area responding to a 911 call reporting a man in a hooded sweatshirt who had broken car windows.
The officers believed Clark was pointing a gun at them, a department press release said. Clark was found holding a cellphone.
The Sacramento Police Department released body camera footage and dispatch and 911 caller audio of the incident three days later.
The following day, protesters took to downtown Sacramento streets and temporarily shut down both sides of Interstate 5. Protesters also barred thousands of Sacramento Kings fans from entering the Golden 1 Arena during a game against the Atlanta Hawks later that night. More protests continued on Friday.