Unarmed Black Man Shot To Death In Own Backyard After Police Mistake Cell Phone For Weapon
A 22-year-old black man was fatally shot by Sacramento police in his own backyard Sunday night was carrying a cellphone,when confronted by officers.
Stephon Clark was killed in the backyard of the south Sacramento home he shared with his grandmother, grandfather and some siblings, his 25-year-old brother Stevante Clark said Monday.
The police department said officers were responding to a call of a person breaking car windows nearby,The Sacramento Bee reports.
Police said they believed Clark was armed with a gun, though no firearm was found at the scene. Police said instead Clark had a “object” that he “extended in front of him” while advancing towards two officers.
Police were unable to immediately give details about the tool bar Monday, and did not identify the item in Clark’s hand when he was shot as different from the tool bar until late Monday night.
The department said it believed initial information released about the incident was clear that the object Clark was holding when shot was not the tool bar.
Police said Monday night they had concluded their on-scene investigation and the only item found near Clark’s body was a cellphone.
Police said two items that could be the “tool bar” that deputies in the helicopter saw were recovered from near the broken sliding glass door in the neighbor’s yard: a cinder block and a piece of aluminum similar to what might be used for a gutter.
On Monday, police said Clark used the tool bar to shatter a sliding glass door one house away from where he was shot. Police also said in a release that they believe Clark broke the windows of at least three nearby vehicles.
Sequita Thompson, Clark’s grandmother, said she was awake and sitting in the home’s dining room when she heard four gunshots.
“The only thing that I heard was pow, pow, pow, pow, and I got to the ground,” she said.