Stephon Clark. (Everpedia)
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Key Facts: Nearly a year after the shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old Black man, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that no criminal charges would be filed against the police involved in his death. Officers Jared Robinet and Terrance Mercadal shot and killed the father of two in his grandmother’s backyard.
At a press conference on March 2, Schubert questioned whether a crime was committed? “There’s no question that a human being died,” she said, “But when we look at the facts and the law, and we follow our ethical responsibilities, the answer to that question is ‘no.’”
The announcement sparked outrage and protests in East Sacramento…
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