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Sacramento braces for protests as family buries Stephon Clark

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Scores of Black Lives Matter activists planned to protest in Sacramento on Thursday after the funeral of an unarmed black man who was shot dead by police in the latest such killing to spark street demonstrations in the United States.

More than 100 protesters will gather outside the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office from 3 p.m. local time (1800 ET) to demonstrate over the death of Stephon Clark, according to the Facebook page of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Clark, 22, was gunned down on the night of March 18 in his grandparents’ backyard by police responding to a report that someone was breaking windows. Police said the officers who shot Clark 20 times feared he was holding firearm, but that he only had a cellphone.

His death was the most recent in a string of fatal shootings of black men by police that have prompted anger and a renewed national debate about bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.

 
The Rev. Al Sharpton, a prominent civil rights leader, will deliver a eulogy at Clark’s funeral, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time.

On Wednesday evening, activists blocked traffic outside the district attorney’s office before marching to downtown, local media said, causing rush-hour delays.

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 A day before that, activists disrupted a city council meeting, chanting “Stephon Clark” as his brother Stevonte sat on the table in front of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, according to video broadcast by CBS News.
Twice, the protesters have blocked fans from reaching games played by the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team at the Golden 1 Center.

On Wednesday, the Kings said it will set up an education fund for Clark’s children, as well as a partnership with a local activist group, the Build. Black. Coalition, and the Sacramento chapter of Black Lives Matter, to support youth education.

“This fund cannot fix the issues that led to the death of their father, but it will secure opportunities for their futures while the family and the city grapples with healing,” the team said in a statement.

 
Many of the players wore warm-up shirts honoring Clark prior to Sunday night’s game.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said state investigators will oversee the investigation and review the Police Department’s procedures and practices.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis and David Gregorio

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Utah Republican is in deep trouble after trying to defend Trump’s breaking of the law

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President Donald Trump's poor standing in Utah could cause big electoral problems for one of his loudest defenders in the state.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said Trump would be "foolish" if he did not illegally accept election help from foreign adversaries.

On Saturday, Stewart was blasted by former CIA officer Evan McMullin.

McMullin was born in Provo, attended Brigham Young University, is Mormon and a also prominent conservative critic of Trump.

In 2016, McMullin ran against Trump as an Independent and received 21.3 percent of the vote in Utah during the general election. Trump also had problems in Utah during the Republican primary, receiving only 14 percent of the vote.

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Trump ‘will not leave his office if he narrowly loses in 2020’: Conservative columnist issues dire warning

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President Donald Trump will fight to remain in power regardless of the outcome if the 2020 election is close, a conservative columnist warned on Saturday.

Andrew Sullivan blasted Trump in New York magazine, honing in on the commander-in-chief's lying.

"For Trump, lying is central to his disturbed psyche, and to his success. The brazenness of it unbalances and stupefies sane and adjusted people, thereby constantly giving him an edge and a little breathing space while we try to absorb it, during which he proceeds to the next lie," he wrote.

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‘Veto the Cheato’: Americans gathered nationwide for #ImpeachTrump rallies

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Frustrated Americans on Saturday attended #ImpeachTrump rallies from coast-to-coast.

The rallies were organized by MoveOn, Indivisible, Democracy for America, the Women's March, Credo and other progressive organizations.

Over 140 events were held nationwide.

[caption id="attachment_1513038" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Map of #ImpeachTrump rallies in the contiguous United States.[/caption]

Many attendees took the time to create hand-made protest signs, while others held printed banners.

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