Police shoot and kill unarmed black man holding a cell phone in his backyard

Two Sacramento police officers were placed on administrative leave after shooting an unarmed black man to death in his backyard on March 18, 2018. The officers were responding to a call about car windows being broken nearby. They entered Stephen Clark's backyard. Clark was holding a cell phone but they are saying they thought they phone was a weapon and they opened fire.

From the NY Daily News:

Police said Clark held an "object" that he "extended in front of him" as he approached two officers.

"The officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them. Fearing for their safety, the officers fired their duty weapons striking the suspect multiple times," the police department said in a release. Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shutterstock image by photka