California attorney general to investigate Stephon Clark shooting

CNN/ Newswire | 3/27/2018, 2:04 p.m.
Citing the "extremely high emotions, anger and hurt" in Sacramento following the shooting death of Stephon Clark by police in ...
Photos of Stephon Clark, man shot by Sacramento Police.

Sacramento Police released body camera video of the incident that showed the officers did not immediately provide Clark with lifesaving efforts, instead waiting until other units arrived at the scene.

Two officers -- one of them black -- have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a use-of-force investigation.

The shooting happened March 18 after 9 p.m., when Sacramento officers responded to a report that a man had broken car windows and was hiding behind homes. They pursued a man who hopped a fence and was in a backyard.

The shooting was captured on video by the two officers' body cameras and a police helicopter. That footage was released on Wednesday in an effort to be transparent.

The body camera videos show the brief encounter between police and Clark, lasting less than a minute.

Police said the officers entered the front yard and saw the suspect along the side of the home. The man "turned and advanced toward the officers while holding an object" extended in front of him, according to the police account.

"Show me your hands!" one of the officers yelled. "Gun, gun, gun."

Seconds later, officers opened fire as they took cover near a wall.

As more police arrived at the scene, someone could be heard asking, "What did he have on him?"

An officer responded "... something in his hands. It looked like a gun from our perspective."

Clark's family has disputed the police account.

The family has hired attorney Benjamin Crumb, who has previously represented the families of other African Americans fatally shot by police, including Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, as well as Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager killed by George Zimmerman