Stephon Clark banner on Tower Bridge
Protests over the March 18 shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police continued Thursday with a march from the state Attorney General’s Office at 13th and I streets to Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert's office at Ninth and G streets.
The march, which consisted of about 40 people and briefly blocked downtown traffic on I Street between 13th and Ninth streets, was designed to deliver nine boxes of 100,000 signatures from an online petition asking Schubert to file charges against the two officers who shot Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old black man.
Police have said the officers thought Clark had a gun; he was carrying only a cellphone.
The group was met at Schubert’s office by several law enforcement officers outside the front doors to keep them from entering, but Schubert’s top aide came outside with a moving dolly to collect the boxes.
“I mean, we hear what’s being said,” said Chief Assistant Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi as he collected the petitions. “We're not tone deaf. We'll take them to the office and we’ll read them, absolutely.”
Schubert’s office has been the target of protests for four weeks. The district attorney said at a news conference Wednesday that a decision on the case could take many months, and that the investigation is still being handled by police for now.