No charges for officers who shot Stephon Clark

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Two Sacramento police officers will not face criminal charges in last year’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man that brought nationwide protests.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced Saturday that officers Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet did not break any laws when they shot Stephon Clark after the 22-year-old ran from them into his grandparents’ backyard.

The officers say they thought Clark, a vandalism suspect, had a gun but investigators found only a cellphone.

Sacramento has been bracing for protests ahead of the decision, with business owners warned by a business association and state government workers told by legislative officials in recent days to stay away from downtown at least through the weekend.

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