Stephon Alonzo “Zoe” Clark, devoted father of 2, was killed two weeks ago by Sacramento police officers who shot him 6 times in the back in his grandma’s backyard. What he was holding in his hand was not a gun or weapon, but a cell phone.
This outrageous tragedy is not an isolated incident. Every year, some 1,000 people are shot and killed by police. Yet, in a 12-year period, 2005 to 2017, only 80 officers were arrested on murder or manslaughter charges for on-duty shootings, out of which only 35% were convicted. And the black community is disproportionately affected: 50% of cop killings of unarmed individuals this year (so far) have been of black men according to data from the Washington Post, even though African-Americans represent only 14% of the population.
In Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Police Chief Daniel Hahn have pledged to immediately review the police department’s practices and training. Stephon Clark should be alive today. Our criminal justice system should protect, not threaten us. All-of-us must not only say Stephon’s name, but demand accountability and reform.
1 Sign this petition demanding accountability and justice for Stephon Clark.
2 Police chiefs have the power to provide resources and trainings to prevent tragedies like the killing of Stephon Clark from happening again. Call your city’s police chief and mayor ask what your city is doing to prevent another black man from being senselessly killed.