Sharpton Calls For Change In How CA Handles Police Killings Of Civilians

The Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for California to change how it responds to police killings of civilians on the anniversary of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento.

Monday marked one year since two police officers killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark as they responded to vandalism reports.

Sharpton was critical of the Sacramento County District Attorney for not submitting the case to a grand jury. Both the DA and the state attorney general cleared the two officers involved in Clark's shooting of any wrongdoing. Sharpton says the two officers should be off the force.

State and local prosecutors aren't charging the officers, saying police feared for their lives because they thought Clark had a gun. He had only a cellphone.

Sharpton and family attorney Ben Crump joined Clark's family on the Capitol steps to call for lawmakers to tighten the standards for when police can legally kill and require police shootings to go before a grand jury.

Police unions are opposed to changing the use-of-force standard but want to enhance training.

 

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