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Sacramento PD release dozens more videos from Stephon Clark's shooting death

Sacramento police released more videos and calls from the night of Stephon Clark’s police shooting death.

The videos released Monday afternoon include 23 in-vehicle cameras, 28 body cameras, two 911 calls and rest of the video recorded from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

“The BWC and ICC videos contained in this release depict officers responding to the scene after the officer-involved shooting (OIS) occurred, and their activities upon arrival,” police said in a statement. “The time frame of this material is from when the officers begin their response to when the Sacramento Fire Department declares Mr. Clark deceased.”

The videos were posted on the department’s YouTube page and organized in a playlist. Warning: The videos are graphic. The public can view the videos here.

At least three new body camera videos show responding officers asking whether others have muted their microphones, a move that could spark fresh criticism of the department. The two officers who fired at Clark muted their microphones several minutes after the shooting. The department now bans officers from turning off or muting cameras in most instances.

In another body camera video, a conversation can be heard between an arriving officer and one of the officers who fired at Clark.

"How many rounds did you fire and which direction did you fire, sir?" the arriving officer asked. The officer who shot Clark responded, "We both shot southbound. I shot about five times."

The new clips also show two officers administering CPR on Clark's motionless body more than five minutes after the shooting.

"Come on buddy, wake up, breathe for me," one says, before a medic arrives and says "he's gone."

Clark was shot and killed March 18 in his grandparents' backyard in south Sacramento. Officers were responding to a call about a person breaking car windows at night, when a Sacramento County sheriff’s helicopter led officers to Clark, who began to run away. The two responding officers believed he was armed and fired 20 rounds at Clark, police said. Investigators later discovered Clark was holding a cellphone.

Sacramento police released videos of the shooting three days later. The first videos and audio released showed what led up to the deadly shooting and what happened immediately after. The videos released Monday pick up where the first videos ended.

One of the newly released 911 calls appears to come from Clark's grandfather. The male caller tells the dispatcher that someone is in his backyard "beating on my window and I don't know what's going on." He says he can't get out of bed to see, and a woman in the background says he has "no legs."

Clark's grandfather, Tommy Thompson, has lost his legs to complications from diabetes, according to Clark's uncle, Curtis Gordon. Family members said it was typical for relatives to knock on the rear window so Thompson could use a remote garage door opener to let them into the house.

The dispatcher advises the man to stay inside until he is contacted by police. The police confirmed Monday that the call came from within the Thompson's home.

Clark's grandmother, Sequita Thompson, earlier said she was watching a video of a granddaughter dancing when she heard booms. She said she crawled to where her granddaughter was sleeping on the couch, pulled her to the floor, then crawled to her husband and told him to call 911.

She said the family believes in hindsight that Clark may have been asking to be let into the house when the shooting happened.

The results of an independent autopsy, arranged by Clark Family attorney Ben Crump and conducted by forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, found Clark was shot eight times – first on the side, six times in the back and the last bullet hit the back of his leg.

The official report from the Sacramento County coroner hasn't been released. While the official report won't be available for weeks, Sacramento County Coroner Kimberly Gin said Clark died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The California Attorney General's Office joined the investigation, a move Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said he hopes will bring "faith and transparency" to a case that he said has sparked "extremely high emotions, anger and hurt in our city."

Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office will provide oversight of the investigation and conduct a review of the police department's policies and use-of-force training. The decision of whether to bring criminal charges against the officers involved remains with District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, although Becerra said his office could also bring charges.

The videos released by police Monday satisfies a Sacramento city mandate that all video and audio from an officer-involved shooting be released at maximum 30 days after the shooting.

The Clark family nor the city has released a statement in response to the latest video release.


The Associated Press contributed to this story


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