‘We saw him die twice:’ Sac pastor says DA’s findings don’t represent justice


MONEY IN UNDERSERVED
COMMUNITIES. EDIE: JOINING US NOW IS PASTOR
LES SIMMONS FROM THE SOUTH
SACRAMENTO CHRISTIAN CENTER
CHURCH. ALSO AREA CONGREGATIONS
TOGETHER, A GROUP OF FAITH
LEADERS WORKING ON ISSUES
RELATED TO THE CLARK CASE FOR
NEARLY A YEAR. EARLIER TODAY HE WAS AT CITY
HALL WITH A GROUP OF FAITH
LEADERS TO OFFER A PRAYER TO THE
COMMUNITY AND CLARK FAMILY. IN ADDITION TO PRAYERS, YOU HAVE
BEEN WORKING ON SOME VERY
SPECIFIC GOALS. WE ACTUALLY HAVE THOSE UP ON THE
SCREEN FOR YOU, SO YOU CAN
FOLLOW ALONG. THESE ARE THINGS YOU HAVE BEEN
WORKING ON. LET’S START WITH DISCIPLINE FOR
THE OFFICERS.>>THANK YOU FOR COVERING THIS
STORY TODAY. IT HAS BEEN, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE,
A CHALLENGING AND EMOTIONAL DAY
FOR THE CLARK FAMILY AND ALL OF
SACRAMENTO. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH
SACRAMENTO COUNTY LOCATIONS TO
GET A GAUGE OF WHAT JUSTICE
LOOKS LIKE, BOTH FROM THE
FAMILY, AND FAITH LEADERS. AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE OVER 56
CONGREGATIONS MAKING OF OVER
60,000 MEMBERS. WHAT WE HAVE HEARD IS THAT WE NO
LONGER WANT THESE OFFICERS
POLICING OUR COMMUNITIES. WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN THE POLICE
COMMISSION THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS
IN THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO, AS
WELL AS INCREASE THE USE OF
FORCE POLICY IN SACRAMENTO THAT
MIRRORS THAT OF SOME OF THE STATE LEGISLATION AROUND AB-392. WE THINK OF THOSE THINGS ARE
IMPLEMENTED, IT WOULD NOT ONLY
HELP OUR COMMUNITY HEAL, IT
WOULD LEAD THE NATION IN WHAT
JUSTICE LOOKS LIKE IN THESE
MOMENTS THAT WE HAVE SEEN HERE LOCALLY, AS WELL AS NATIONALLY. EDIE: THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT
DEADLY FORCE WOULD BE JUSTIFIED
ONLY IF THERE ARE NO OTHER
OPTIONS AVAILABLE.>>CORRECT. WE HEARD THE AG SAY THAT
GUARDIAN, NOT WARRIOR. IT IS A POWERFUL THING, TO ISSUE
VERBAL COMMANDS. I THINK IF THE GUARDIAN AND NOT
WARRIOR STYLE OF POLICING WAS
IMPLEMENTED, STEPHON CLARK WOULD
STILL BE HERE TODAY. EDIE: YOU SAID EARLIER TODAY
THAT YOU DO NOT BELIEVE THIS WAS
JUSTICE, WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE
DISTRICT ATTORNEY TODAY IN HER
ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE OFFICERS
WOULD NOT BE CHARGED. YOU SAID NOT ON A NATIONAL
LEVEL, STATE LEVEL, OR LOCAL
LEVEL. WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?>>AGAIN, WE SAW STEPHON CLARK
DIED TWICE. MARCH 18, 2018, AND WE SAW HIM
DIE MARCH 2, 2019, TODAY, AND
HOW HE WAS REFERRED TO, AND THEN
NO ACCOUNTABILITY OF THESE
OFFICERS. THAT’S WHAT I MEAN BY THAT. THIS IS NO JUSTICE FOR THE CLARK
FAMILY AND NO JUSTICE FOR THE
SIDE OF WHAT WE CALL BELOVED
COMMUNITY, RIGHT? DR. KING LIFTED UP THE IDEA OF
BELOVED COMMUNITY, WHICH STANDS
ON JUSTICE, WHICH STANDS ON
LOVE, WHICH STANDS ON THE
LONGING, AND THIS IS NOT THAT. I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
IN SACRAMENTO TO LEAD NOT ONLY
THE STATE BUT THE NATION IN
REDEFINING WHAT JUSTICE LOOKS
LIKE FOR THESE INCIDENTS WITH
OFTEN — INCIDENTS WE OFTEN SEE TOO MUCH OF. EDIE: WE DID HEAR QUITE A BIT OF
NEW INFORMATION FROM THE
DISTRICT ATTORNEY TODAY AS SHE
ANALYZE THE EVIDENCE SHE WAITED
TO MAKE A DECISION. DID ANY OF A CHANGE OF VIEW OF
THE CASE?>>IT DID NOT, BECAUSE SHE USED
THE PLATFORM TO BUILD A CASE OF,
ALMOST LIKE STEPHON CLARK WAS ON
TRIAL INSTEAD OF THE TWO
OFFICERS. SHE POINTED OUT SOME THINGS THAT
I FEEL HIM AND THE COMMUNITY
FEELS, DID NOT NEED TO BE
POINTED OUT, AND PUT THE FOCUS
ON ANOTHER SET OF SCENARIOS
INSTEAD OF THE FACT THAT HE WAS KILLED, THESE TWO OFFICERS FIRED
EIGHT SHOTS THAT ENTERED HIS
BODY, 20 ROUNDS WERE FIRED, AND
THERE ARE NO CRIMINAL CHARGES
FILED AGAINST HIM. EDIE: AT THE SAME TIME, YOU WERE
TELLING ME EARLIER YOU WERE OUT
WITH PROTESTERS TODAY. YOU HAVE SEEN SACRAMENTO PD
DOING SOME THINGS RIGHT.>>I THINK THROUGH THIS YEAR WE
HAVE SEEN A SERIES OF ACTIONS
AND PROTESTS BUILT ON LOVE,
BUILT ON LONGING — BUILT ON
BELONGING AND JUSTICE. NO VIOLENCE IN THE PROTESTS AND
THE ACTIONS. THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ANY ARRESTS
MADE, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, AND
I THINK THAT IS BOTH A CREDIT TO
THE COMMUNITY IN THE FORMATION
AND ORGANIZING AND HOW PEOPLE
HOLD SPACE, AS WELL AS THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, REFERRING TO
SACRAMENTO POLICE DEPARTMENT,
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO HELP THE
COMMUNITY PROCESS THESE
CHALLENGING MOMENTS OF ACTION IN
PROTEST. I THINK THEY’VE LEARNED A LOT OF
HOW TO SHOW UP IN THE SPACES AND
I THINK THEY COULD TEACH OTHER
DEPARTMENTS HOW TO DO THAT, AS
WELL. NOW, WHERE WE CAN USE THESE
LEADERSHIP IS HOLDING THESE
OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE ON A LOCAL
LEVEL. EDIE: LET’S GO BACK TO THE
PLANNING THAT WENT INTO
ANTICIPATING THE DECISION TODAY. SOME LEADERS HAD SET UP SAFE
SPACES AND PLACES IN THE
COMMUNITY WHERE IF YOU FELT
ANGRY OR LOST OR JUST WANTED TO
TALK ABOUT WAYS TO MOVE FORWARD,
THEY ARE PLACES TO GO. I THINK SOME OF THEM AT THIS
POINT ARE JUST ABOUT TO CLOSE,
BUT THEY WERE OPEN MUCH OF THE
AFTERNOON. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT AS A
STRATEGY, AND ARE THERE OTHER
THINGS YOU THINK YOU CAN MEET
DONE TO HELP THE COMMUNITY HEAL?>>I THINK EVERYBODY IS DOING
WHAT THEY CAN TO BTH HELP OUR
COMMUNITY HEAL THROUGH THIS,
HELP US GET TO THE OTHER SIDE OF
THIS. I WOULD SAY WE NEED AS MANY
SPACES OPEN, CONGREGATIONS AND
LISTENING AND HEALING SPACES TO
PROCESS THIS. TRAUMA SPACES TO HELP THE TRAUMA
OF IT. JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED SPACES
AROUND JUSTICE THAT REALLY ARE
HELPING TO REDEFINE WHAT THAT
LOOKS LIKE FOR US LOCALLY. NOW THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE
DA, I THINK THE HEALING CREAM
FOR THIS IS JUSTICE,
ACCOUNTABILITY. THIS COMMUNITY HAS LIFTED UP
THOSE FOUR VALUES OF WHAT WE
FEEL JUSTICE LOOKS LIKE. ED

10 thoughts on “‘We saw him die twice:’ Sac pastor says DA’s findings don’t represent justice

  1. Thanks to the two police officers and the district attorney for doing what is right. If only Clark were a good citizen play by the rules and laws ,this kind of shooting would not be happening. Again, thank you to all the good police officers out there for doing your job, to" serve and protect " our community.

  2. How about raising your children to be law abiding citizens ? So tired of people blaming the police. They don't shoot people who obey the law !

  3. When did PEACE OFFICERS become law enforcement cops???
    This may very from state to state and city to city but the overall premise is there…

    Oat​​​​​h of Office…

    I (state your name), do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of the State of (enter state, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and defend them against enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge, the duties of a peace officer, to the best of my ability, so help me God…

  4. If Stephon wasn't high on drugs and breaking into neighbors homes he would still be alive. Teach your parishioners and children to obey the law and stop doing drugs.

  5. Hey, HOW ABOUT THE RACISM STOP??? COPS NOT SEEING THE LIGHT??? COPS NEEED TOOO GOOOOOO!!!! EXCESSIVE FORCE!!! POLICE BRUTALITY!!! MUUURRRDDDEEERRR!!!!!!!!!

  6. Funny KCRA doesn't run a story on how that little girl Stephon pimped out is doing? The preachers haven't even asked how she was doing. But she's not dead, Just screwed up in her head the rest of her life.

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