Leaders of Sacramento’s African-American community and Stephon Clark’s family are demanding that the two police officers who brutally gunned-down the unarmed Clark be held legally accountable.
Community leaders promised to keep the pressure on the mayor, district attorney’s office and others to bring criminal charges against the two officers.
Alice Huffman and Betty Williams of the NAACP said they have begun talking to the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division about investigating the killing, after they failed to get a response from Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.
“The DA didn’t respond to us, and that gives us a leg to stand on” to contact federal officials, Huffman, head of the California NAACP, said in an interview afterward.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Huffman, addressing the press conference, called the Clark killing “a crime.” She vowed the black community won’t back down “until they stop gunning down our people like animals.”
Mayor Darrell Steinberg continues to defend the killer cops. He has repeatedly told the media he does not believe the shooting was a racist act.
Clark’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday, with national civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton scheduled to attend. Sharpton will deliver the eulogy “at the family’s request,” said the Rev. Shane Harris of the National Action Network, a civil rights group founded by Sharpton.