Police Muted Body Cameras After Killing Stephon Clark

By Malcolm Speaks

Stephon Clark

Stephon Clark

Sacramento Police officers were instructed to mute their body cameras approximately seven minutes after they killed a young unarmed black man in his grandmother’s backyard last week.

Twenty-two year-old Stephon Clark was standing in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18 when two police officers shouted “gun, gun, gun” before they killed him, shooting at him 20 times. The police officers said they thought he was holding a gun, however, investigators only found a cellphone near Stephon’s body, according to CNN.

The Sacramento Police Department also released two body camera videos, the 911 call, helicopter footage and radio traffic from the killing last Wednesday. In both videos, an officer can be heard saying “Hey, mute” and immediately afterwards the video goes silent while the police officers talk amongst themselves.

On Monday, civil rights groups demanded that federal and state prosecutors investigate the officers involved in the shooting. Also Benjamin Crump, attorney for Clark’s family, said he is seeking an independent autopsy, according to the Daily Beast.

Protests over this killing have also taken place in Sacramento. Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics players wore black T-shirts bearing Clark’s name at their game Sunday in Sacramento. The shirts read “Accountability. We Are One” on the front and “#Stephon Clark” on the back. The NBA players wore the shirts during pregame warm-ups as well as during the playing of the US national anthem, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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