Stephon Clark family files wrongful death suit


The family of Stephon Clark has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Sacramento.

 The lawsuit accuses Sacramento Police Department officers of negligence and a lack of proper training, leading to the 22-year-old’s death in March 2018. 

 The suit, filed in federal court Monday, alleges the involved officers racially profiled and used excessive force when they shot and killed Stephon Clark.

 The two responding officers believed Stephon Clark was armed and shot him seven times, police said. Investigators later discovered Stephon Clark was holding a cellphone.

 The family is seeking more than $20 million in damages, including both survival damages and wrongful death damages under state and federal law.

 The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said Monday the results of the investigation into the officers involved in the shooting have been delayed due to new information.

 “We received further substantial investigative reports and related materials from the Attorney General’s Department of Justice investigators,” the DA’s office said in a statement.

 The new information was given to the DA’s office on Jan. 16, thus delaying the investigation as it processes the supplemental materials.

 “I believe that it just buys them more time now,” Stevante Clark said. “I think they need more time. We’ve always said justice delayed means justice denied.”

 The family made it clear they are still grieving and will never forget.

 “Whether it be a year or 10 years, every day that I wake up it feels like my son was murdered yesterday,” Stephon Clark’s mother Sequette Clark said.

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