Official Stephon Clark Autopsy Conflicts with Family Autopsy Report

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The official autopsy of Stephon Clark, the unarmed Black man shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers in March, was released on Tuesday and conflicts with the family-sanctioned autopsy.

The Sacramento County coroner’s report revealed that Clark was shot seven times, three times in the back, NPR reports.

The autopsy commissioned by the Clark family found that he was shot eight times, with six shots in the back. The private report contradicts the police officers’ claim that Clark had walked toward them, while the coroner’s report was more consistent with what the officers said.

Clark was shot at 20 times by the Sacramento, California police officers in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18 after officers were responding to reports that someone was breaking into cars and homes in the area. Clark was approached by police, who said they saw him jumping fences to get into the backyard, and was killed. He was holding a cellphone.

His death gained national attention and prompted protests.

Berry Accius, a Sacramento community organizer, told Capital Public Radio that regardless of what the official autopsy showed, his death was unwarranted.

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“The police officers used excessive force,” Accius said. “There was no reason that this young man should have been killed. There was just none. At all.”

Click here to read the full autopsy report.


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