Last year the world was rocked yet again with discomfort and unbelief as the story of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers by the names of Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet.
The two officers were apparently on a call for a series of burglaries in the area when they spotted and profiled Clark.
The two officers followed Stephon, made claims he had a weapon and opened fired on him. They shot twenty shots, six striking him in the back, resulting in them gunning him down and killing him in his own grandmothers backyard.
The alleged weapon turned out to be Stephons white Iphone.
The shooting triggered a national outcry and protests over the continuous use of deadly force by police against unarmed black men.
Today District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert began to try and smooth over the announcement of no charges against the officers by saying, she acknowledges there is “tremendous grief, anger and anxiety by the Clark family and by this community.”
Then continued with, “We must recognize that they are often forced to make split-second decisions, and we must also recognize that they are under tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances. Therefore, the shooting of Mr. Clark was lawful and no criminal charges will be filed.”
In January the Clark family filed a lawsuit against the city for wrongful death that is still ongoing.
Tanya Faison, who leads the local Black Lives Matter chapter, explained that she was “disgusted” after hearing news of the announcement. “The whole announcement I felt was very disrespectful,” Faison told a reporter. “The whole time they were building up validation to say why they’re not charging the officers.”
At this time the city may be preparing for another round of unrest due to this announcement.