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PolitiFact California: Rating Sacramento Sheriff's Claim Of 'Paid Protesters' At Stephon Clark Events

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Protests over the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento have continued since his death on March 18.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones claimed "paid protesters" inflamed recent demonstrations over the death of Stephon Clark.

Protest organizers say Sacramento’s streets have been filled with volunteers, not for-hire demonstrators. They’ve called the sheriff’s claim baseless.

Jones appears to be the only top law enforcement official to make this assertion and has said he has evidence to back it up. His spokesman, however, declined to provide any information to support it and said it’s unlikely they ever will.

PolitiFact California's Chris Nichols joins Beth Ruyak to explain why the burden of proof is on the person making the claim and how this particular statement rates.

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