California Police Shoot and Kill Unarmed Black Man in His Own Backyard
Police in Sacramento, Calif., shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own backyard Sunday night after mistaking his cellphone for a weapon.
In their initial press release regarding the incident, police said that officers were responding to a report of someone breaking car windows near the home where a man, later identified as Stephon Clark, lived with his grandparents and siblings. A thin, 6-foot-1 black man was said to be hiding in a residential backyard.
A Sacramento Sheriff’s Department helicopter was providing sky support and reported seeing Clark in a backyard. Those authorities told officers that they saw Clark pick up a “toolbar” and use it to break a window in the residence. Clark then allegedly ran toward the front of the house and began looking into another car. via