Police Strike 61 Year-Old Woman in Hit and Run at Clark Protest

By Malcolm Speaks

Protests have disrupted Sacrament since the killing of Stephon Clark on March 18 by police.

Protests have disrupted Sacrament since the killing of Stephon Clark on March 18 by police.

A Sacramento County police officer struck a 61 year-old woman while driving a sheriff’s vehicle and drove off during a vigil for Stephon Clark this past Saturday night, according to media reports.

Wanda Cleveland was taken to a local hospital in south Sacramento by ambulance and released after midnight with bruises on her arm and the back of her head, the Sacramento Bee reported.

She told the newspaper, “He never even stopped. It was a hit and run. If I did that I’d be charged.”

A spokesman for the sheriff’s department confirmed the incident, however he blamed it on protesters for surrounding police vehicles and threatening the officers. “Vandals in the crowd” caused “scratches, dents, and a shattered rear window,” the sheriff’s department statement said.

Demonstrators were gathered at an intersection near the neighborhood where Clark grew up, according to ABC 10. They were participating in a protest to draw attention to police killings of African Americans.

On March 18 Sacramento police killed Stephon Clark when they discharged their firearms at the unarmed father of two a total of twenty times at his grandmother’s house. The police shot him a total of eight times, the majority entering his body in his back. However, the Sacramento Police Department reported that Mr. Clark “advanced toward the officers.”

A full video of the protest including the hit and run was posted on Facebook. Less than 48 minutes into the video one police SUV leaves the scene after protestors clear the way, then a second SUV accelerates and strikes Wanda Cleveland. The vehicle’s driver does not stop or return to the scene.

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