Two people demonstrating outside the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in protest of the Stephon Clark shooting were arrested Thursday afternoon when they failed to obey a police order to disperse, according to a Sacramento Police Department spokesman.
Sgt. Vance Chandler said a group of protesters gathered around a vehicle driven by a woman, trapping the vehicle, at about 5:30 p.m. Officers ordered the group to disperse and most of the group did so. The two who did not comply were taken into custody, Chandler said.
The protest outside the DA’s Office continued without further incident, Chandler said.
Black Lives Matter representatives said two women were arrested. Khy Whittaker, who was among the demonstrators, said protesters had blocked the parking lot at the DA’s Office, but Black Lives Matter founder Tanya Faison said an incident involving a woman trying to leave the parking lot in a vehicle occurred before police arrived. She said a security officer from the DA's Office building escorted the woman from the car.
Faison said police officers used their bikes to push protesters. She said there were more than 60 officers at the scene.
“They (police) blocked off the whole parking lot and when one of them gave a demand .... they started using their bikes to push us back,” she said. “They were being very aggressive with it.”
Chandler said the incident that led to the arrests involved protesters surrounding and jumping on a woman’s car.
Whittaker and Faison said they did not know why the two protesters were arrested. Whittaker said officers used a Taser on one of the women.
Chandler said neither of the women arrested was shocked by a Taser. Because the crowd was still hostile, he said, officers arced their Tasers, meaning that anyone who touched the Taser would have felt the effects, but the officers did not fire a projectile from the Taser. Chandler said he did not know whether any of the protesters came in contact with a Taser.
Following the arrests, the protest group, which numbered about 50 people, gathered outside the Sacramento County jail. The doors to the building were locked, preventing protesters from going inside.
Thursday's protest was part of ongoing demonstrations in front of Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s office.
Members of Black Lives Matter Sacramento have demonstrated outside the DA’s Office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the past three weeks in an effort to pressure Schubert to file charges against the two officers who shot Stephon Clark on March 18.
Whittaker said the group protesting Thursday was smaller than in previous days and suggested the lack of media presence had emboldened police to take action against demonstrators.