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Ste’Vante Clark, Brother Of Stephon Clark, Arrested On Threat Charges

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Ste'Vante Clark addresses demonstrators outside the federal courthouse.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Updated April 20, 2:06 p.m.

The Sacramento Police Department arrested Ste'Vante Clark Thursday on charges of felony assault, threatening to kill or injure someone, felony vandalism and abuse of the 911 system.

According to Sacramento Police, Ste’Vante Clark was arrested at 10:04 a.m. in the 900 block of Acacia Ave. He is being held without bail in the Sacramento County Jail.

"He has been calling our dispatch center and while investigating the calls, that's how we discovered that these crimes were committed," Sacramento Police Sergeant Vance Chandler said.

The department declined to identify the relationship between Clark and the alleged victim.

Ste'Vante Clark is the brother of Stephon Clark. Sacramento Police shot and killed Stephon Clark March 18 while responding to 911 calls of vandalism.

Ste’Vante Clark made national headlines when he jumped on the dais at a Sacramento City Council meeting that was devoted to the shooting death of his brother. He later apologized and has since called for peaceful protests.

His family says he is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and has received inpatient mental health treatment since his brother’s death.

"Even our elected officials and our hired police officers have to recognize that this is not someone who is maliciously trying to create havoc," said family member Sonia Lewis. "He’s crying out for help."

Sacramento Police Department spokesperson Vance Chandler said officers had multiple verbal interactions with Clark on recent days, and offered him psychiatric help several times.

“We knew that he was potentially going through a crisis, so keeping that in mind, we made resources available to him, he just wasn’t receptive,” Chandler said. “If he would’ve been receptive to the resources, obviously it would have taken a different turn and potentially not led up to an arrest.”

Chandler said officers communicated Ste’Vante Clark’s condition to the sheriff’s department “on him potentially being in a crisis.”

At the Sacramento County Jail, Ste’Vante Clark went through an evaluation to ensure “all his medical and psychiatric needs are being met,” said Shaun Hampton, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department. He could not confirm whether the inmate was currently receiving psychiatric care.

Lewis said Ste’Vante Clark was acting erratically in the days before the arrest, and that some family members are grateful he is off the street and in a controlled environment. Lewis is still worried about his welfare.

“There is some lashing out at law enforcement and people in positions of power, it can lead to him being further abused and traumatized while locked up,” she said.

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