According to an autopsy, conducted by an independent forensic pathologist hired by Stephon Clark’s family, Clark was shot in the back six times.
The shooting of Clark by police officers is being investigated by local and state officials as well, but the results of the independent autopsy raise questions about the police officers’ conduct.
Police had released footage of the incident. The officers said they thought Clark had a gun in his hand, which turned out to be a cell phone.
There’s more information to be learned about the case, but what do these new results of the autopsy tell us? Are the shots in Clark’s back proof of law enforcement malfeasance? Or were the officers justified in reacting the way they did in this situation?
Sid Heal, a retired Commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (1975 - 2008); president of the California Association of Tactical Officers, a non-profit organization that provides training for in-state special weapons teams
Tim Gipson, retired LAPD detective supervisor (1981-2012); he currently runs a PI firm, Secure Dynamix