In a Saturday press conference, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced she will not file any criminal charges against the police officers who killed Stephon Clark, The Sacramento Bee reports.
“Clearly we all know he didn’t have a gun,”Schubert said. “But the officers didn’t know that.”
“Clark’s death threw a national spotlight on Sacramento and sparked numerous large and often confrontational protests as local activists and national civil rights leaders demanded the officers be prosecuted,” The Bee reported. “Protestors clogged city streets at rush hour and briefly shut down Interstate 5, the main freeway through downtown Sacramento. One group, led by Clark’s brother Stevante Clark, disrupted a City Council meeting, and a large group blocked access to a Sacramento Kings game.”
Clark was shot eight times — all from behind or the side.
Dave Reiling, the white Sacramento man whose 911 call initiated the police response, said that how police handled the situation, “makes me never want to call 911 again.”