Funeral Services For Stephon Clark

The Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for justice and offering support to the family of an unarmed black man shot and killed by police in Sacramento, California.

"Ste'vante and his family is why we're here," says Sharpton. "You don't tell people in pain how to handle their pain." 

Delivering the eulogy for Clark in a packed Sacramento church, Sharpton challenged the White House contention that police shootings are "a local matter." He vowed to press local authorities to see that justice is done. 

Sharpton was embraced by a sometimes distraught Ste'vante Clark, Stephon's brother.  Dressed in a white T-shirt, a bandana and wearing sunglasses, Ste'vante marched around the church, hugged his brother's casket, before taking over the church pulpit to express his anger and call for a library to be built in the name of his brother.  

In a rambling, sometimes incomprehensible address, Ste'vante called for people to work to build monuments to his brother.  He also claimed people are angry at him and that he was ready to leave the country.  

Ste'vante also asked that people help care for his mother and his brother's children and to work with Sacramento's mayor to build a library in his brother's names

22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot to death in his grandmother's backyard by police earlier this month.  The controversial shooting death has the city on edge and has renewed protests from those who claim racism and brutality in police shootings.  

Police reportedly fired 20 shots at Clark, who was holding only a cell phone but no gun.


 
 
 

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