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Ad links D.A., Trump’s ‘yes man’ and Mann, Clark shootings

Protesters demanding the indictment of two Sacramento police officers who killed Stephon Clark walk by Sacramento City Hall on April 4. Clark, who was unarmed, was shot on March 18.
Protesters demanding the indictment of two Sacramento police officers who killed Stephon Clark walk by Sacramento City Hall on April 4. Clark, who was unarmed, was shot on March 18. AP

Sacramento prosecutor Noah Phillips called out his boss and campaign rival in a new mailer accusing Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert of coddling bad cops and turning a blind eye to the police killings of Joseph Mann and Stephon Clark.

Clark, 22, was unarmed when he was shot dead by officers a month ago Wednesday after a brief pursuit that ended in his grandparents' Meadowview backyard, sparking weeks of protest, calls for changes to police policy and demands for Schubert to file criminal charges against the two Sacramento officers who fired the fatal shots.

The ad dropped in Sacramento County mailboxes this week says Schubert, running for a second term as the county's top prosecutor, "refuses to hold bad cops accountable" and "refuses to prosecute killers" of Mann and Clark.

The mailer also goes after "Trump's yes man," Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a supporter of President Donald Trump and close Schubert ally, tying the conservative Schubert to Jones' and Trump's "failed leadership."

"It shouldn't be so hard to make the right decisions. It shouldn't be so hard to stand up to injustice," reads a prominent quote of Phillips' in the ad. "When a man is shot six times in the back while armed with only an iPhone, it shouldn't be so hard to say it's wrong and we need to take action. I will."

The mailer features a photo of the deputy district attorney talking with Sacramento native and former Sacramento Kings player Matt Barnes following a downtown rally Barnes organized in the days after Clark's March 18 death. Phillips has tacked to the left of Schubert, running a campaign stressing social justice and criminal justice reforms.

A call to the office of Schubert campaign manager Dave Gilliard was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.

Stephon Clark's death at the hands of Sacramento police has renewed questions of police accountability and has become the central issue in the race for district attorney.

With nearly daily protests outside Schubert's downtown offices – dozens gathered again there Tuesday – Phillips is going on the offensive.

He has already made police accountability a key plank on his platform and said he will reopen Mann's shooting for review if elected. His campaign has also received thousands of dollars in recent weeks from progressive criminal justice reform political action committee Real Justice, enough to draw Phillips' war chest roughly even with Schubert's heading into the campaign's final months.

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