#StephonClarkLastOne: Sacramento Resident Hopes That Stephon Clark Will Be The Last Unarmed Killing By Police
Yet another unarmed black man was killed by police on Mar. 18. This time, his name was Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old resident of Sacramento, CA.
According to NBC News, two Sacramento police stated that they were responding to reports of a man smashing car windows. Police bodycams revealed that the officers chased Clark and cornered him in his grandmother’s backyard. Then, one officer shouted “Gun! Gun! Gun!” Twenty shots were fired at the young man, and then one officer said, “Hey, mute”…causing the video’s audio to be disabled.
No weapon was found, only a cell phone.
I, along with so many of you reading this, are sick and tired of this happening to our people. What especially hurts is that there is little to no consequence for the officers in these cases who are clearly dead wrong. And residents who share this sentiment, have been protesting non-stop, and rightly so!
But for Cynthia Brown, a Sacramento resident who recently retired after 32 years as an executive assistant for the state Franchise Tax Board, she wants a bolder, more purposeful and optimistic movement: Let Stephon be the last unarmed killing by police.
“I’m so tired, so tired. I just don’t want to see this no more,” said Brown.
She never personally knew Clark, but she feels that we need to speak what we want into existence. While the names of every unarmed black man and woman killed by police are hashtagged, Brown wants the hashtags to include the goal of the movement. So, she invented #StephonClarkLastOne.
“Please let him be the last one,” Brown told an NBC News reporter. “He has to be the last one.”
And what she’s asking for is completely do-able. Considering that there was no need to shoot at the young man 20 times, especially if he was cornered, people have asked why the police just didn’t taze him.
“I mean, you can taze him, or get around him or throw a net on him. Something,” said Wasi. “But instead you shoot him. The training is to shoot him. Why not just disable him? There has to be a better way,” resident Rahim Wasi said.
Clark’s funeral was held yesterday, where Rev. Al Sharpton spoke, denouncing The White House’s comment that Clark’s killing was a “local matter.”
“No, this is not a local matter. They been killing young black men all over the country,” he said.
And Brown hopes that in tandem with protests, this new hashtag will bring about change for the entire country. Don’t forget that fulfilling goals are always completed in partnership with several things, so planting the seed that Clark will be the last one, could really make all the difference. Let’s hope that it does.
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog.
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