Sacramento, CA – September 18 marked the 6-month anniversary of the death of Stephon Clark, the unarmed Black male who was fatally shot 8 times by the Sacramento Police Department while in his grandmother’s back yard. Black Lives Matter Sacramento led a demonstration at the California Peace Officers Association’s (CPOA) Cop West Expo demanding that law enforcement re-evaluate their existing training and hold officers accountable for excessive force and murder.
“People are dying at the hands of law enforcement with no accountability,” Sonia Lewis, Black Lives Matters Sacramento said. “The police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark returned to work less than one month after the fatality and no charges have been filed.”
As a result of this country’s failed policing system, California has witnessed a record number of deaths at the hands of police. In 2017, California law enforcement took 175 lives alone.
“We used 175 caskets to represent these lives and to magnify the impact that these fatalities have on our community. This action was intended to highlight the violence inflicted upon Black bodies by the police force and the urgent need to transform policing in America, and to call for justice, transparency and accountability,” Patrisee Cullors, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter stated. We are calling for an increased interest in investing in our communities. Tax-payer backed resources that are being used to promote over-policing in our communities must be divested, and reinvested in promoting better education and resources in these very communities, and we are demanding it.
Advocate leaders in the Sacramento area including: BLM Sacramento, Women for Equality, Voices of the Youth and faith leaders from across the region lead this action, which was widely supported by Sacramento ACT, BLM Los Angeles, BLM Long Beach, BLM Bay Area, BLM National, APTP, PICO, BSU Sacramento City, AGNT, NAACP, SURJ, HIP, Immigration Coalition, Brown Berets, and a host of others.
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ABOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER– Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. They support the lives of the Black queer and transgender communities, the disabled, the undocumented, those with records, women, and all black lives along the gender spectrum. Black lives network centers those who have been marginalized with Black liberation movements.