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.
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