District Attorney's office is scene of latest Stephon Clark shooting protest
A rally at the Capitol this morning recognizing victims of violence will feature Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, under intense pressure from activists to file criminal charges against the two officers – Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet – who shot and killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark last month.
The Sacramento Police Department has not confirmed the names of the officers, released last month by Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris.
The rally, honoring National Victims' Rights Week, doubles as a campaign event for a proposed November ballot measure called "Keep California Safe" that would re-classify 22 crimes, including felonies currently considered nonviolent, as violent offenses. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to speak, though his office did not confirm his appearance.
Crimes proponents are seeking to re-classify include rape by intoxication, assault on a peace officer, felony domestic violence and serial arson. Inmates convicted of such crimes not classified as violent offenses are eligible for early release from prison. The proposal is out now for signatures.
Event sponsor Crime Victims United of California is expected to honor the group's lawmakers and district attorneys of the year, which include Schubert, as well as Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, Assemblywomen Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, among others.
Schubert, a registered Republican, is also facing scrutiny for accepting $13,000 in campaign donations from two local law enforcement unions following the shooting. She is listed on the list of supporters backing the proposed November ballot measure seeking to tighten sentencing and parole for offenders. The coalition includes several law enforcement and victims' advocacy groups, including the California Peace Officers Association, the California Police Chiefs Association and the organization Women Escaping a Violent Environment, or WEAVE.
Organizers of the rally said they don't plan to bring up the Clark shooting, but acknowledged others could address it and there could be protests. The event is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.
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