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Demonstrators March Through Meadowview To Mark Year Since Death Of Stephon Clark

Monday, March 18, 2019 | Permalink
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Demonstrators march down Meadowview Road on the one-year anniversary of Stephon Clark's death.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Updated 10:20 p.m.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through south Sacramento's Meadowview neighborhood Monday night to remember Stephon Clark on the one-year anniversary of his death.

The night began with a vigil at the Meadowview light rail station, the same location as where the first demonstration against the Clark shooting happened last year, and near the home of Clark's grandmother, where police shot and killed the 22-year-old last year.

“It almost feels like it was yesterday, especially with the DA’s announcement," said Tanya Faison with Sacramento Black Lives Matter. "She kind of reopened wounds.”

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced March 2 she would not bring charges against the officers who killed Clark, who said they believed he had a gun. Only a cell phone was found. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also declined to bring charges.

Demonstrators gather at the Meadowview light-rail station ahead of a vigil and march on the one-year anniversary of Stephon Clark's death.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Demonstrators march down Meadowview Road on the one-year anniversary of Stephon Clark's death.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Demonstrators march down Meadowview Road on the one-year anniversary of Stephon Clark's death.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

 

Protesters took a moment during the march to remember loved ones killed by police. Clark’s family members — including his mother, Se'Quette Clark, and brother Stevante Clark — addressed the crowd before the group headed back to the light-rail station where the march began.

"I’m a mother who is reminded everyday when I wake up that my son was brutally murdered," Se'Quette Clark told the crowd. "This is not right.”

Maquoo Anderson brought his son Zayden to the vigil Monday night so he could "see what it's like to speak up and show out."

"I was that kid, I ran from the police," Anderson said. "That doesn’t mean that I should of been shot for it. You don’t have to accept things. If it makes no sense stand up against it."

The march for Stephon Clark continues through Meadowview on the anniversary of his death.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Demonstrators march south on 24th street in South Sacramento.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
The march for Stephon Clark continues on 24th Street.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Stephon Clark’s mother, Se'Quette Clark, addresses the crowd.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, addresses the crowd at a vigil and march on the one-year anniversary of his brother's death in Sacramento.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Demonstrators head back to the Meadowview light-rail station.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Demonstrators return to Meadowview Road.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

 

The march was one of a number of events marking the anniversary of Clark's death.

Family, friends and dignitaries — including the Rev. Al Sharpton — met at the Genesis Church in Meadowview for a commemoration with music, consolation and calls for justice. Earlier in the day Sharpton and the Clark family rallied in front of the state Capitol to for a new law that would require grand juries to hear sworn testimony in police shooting investigations.

Monday night's march ended without arrests, unlike two weeks ago when police arrested 84 people following a Stephon Clark demonstration in East Sacramento protesting the DA's decision.

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