Sacramento is the state capital of California, has roughly 500,000 inhabitants, is home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, California State University, the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, and countless pieces of history.
The city – colloquially referred to as “Sac Town” by its long-term residents – was also home to the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old male who lost his life in the late evening hours of Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Who was the culprit who took Clark’s young life?
Two Sacramento Police Department officers.
The autopsy found that Stephon Clark, father of two small children, was hit by eight of twenty shots fired by handguns just short two weeks ago. Most of those bullets came in areas likely to prove lethal to humans when hit by gunfire.
Stephon Clark’s family hired Dr. Bennet Omalu, a world-renowned physician and forensic pathologist – popularly known from the movie Concussion, a film starring Will Smith that chronicled Omalu’s discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain condition causes by repeated head trauma that makes lasting, detrimental changes on the human brain – to conduct an autopsy on Clark’s body, increasing the likelihood of a fair forensic process, considering that the local and state government likely wouldn’t hope to be responsible for the shooting of an unarmed individual.
The much-missed Clark’s wounds indicated, according to Omalu, that the first bullet likely hit Clark in the left flank, specifically in the upper ribcage. Other bullets struck Stephon Clark in the shoulder, back, and thigh. All pieces of those bullets remained within the young man’s body, except for one that entered the right side of Clark’s neck, and exited directly on the other side.
Omalu’s privately-funded forensic study also indicated that Stephon Clark, unfortunately, didn’t pass away or lose consciousness instantly, instead that his passing away took anywhere between three and 10 minutes.
For those that aren’t familiar with the timeline of events that led up to Clark’s shooting, here they are.
Around 9:18 p.m., someone reported to the Sacramento Police Department that an unidentified someone was moving from residence to residence, breaking car windows. The suspect, who later turned out to be Stephon Clark, was reported to have been hiding in someone’s backyard. He was further identified as being thin, about 6-foot-one, and wearing dark clothing.
Clark was found to not be in possession of any weapon at the time of apprehension.