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How the shooting of Stephon Clark has sparked a movement within a community




A mourner displays a photo of Stephon Clark during his funeral services Thursday.
A mourner displays a photo of Stephon Clark during his funeral services Thursday.
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The shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man in Sacramento, has galvanized the community of Sacramento. Clark was just 22 years old when he was shot and killed by two police officers in his grandmother's backyard. Clark was holding a cellphone that police officers mistook for a gun.

The effect the event has had on the Sacramento community is palpable. "Really, every day in the streets we've seen protesters from Black Lives Matter and other local groups protesting outside the District Attorney's office, or in the downtown area, around the basketball arena, on the freeway," said Benjy Egle, a Sacramento Bee reporter who has been following the case. "When you're driving home from work nowadays, you look at the news and you try to figure out where the protests are...and if you're going to miss them on the ride home."

Likewise, the city's professional sports teams have come together. Matt Barnes, a former NBA player who played for the Sacramento Kings and grew up in the area, has taken on a leadership role. Also, the Kings basketball team has announced a partnership with Black Lives Matter -- an extraordinary move for a major pro sports team.

Through this, Clark's family remains at the forefront, as well. "I think they're hoping that the officers who shot [Stephon Clark] will be prosecuted by the District Attorney's office, " Egle said. "Beyond that, they're pushing for more investment in African American neighborhoods in Sacramento and other minority neighborhoods."