- Sep 9, 2017
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Sacramento County’s top prosecutor received $13,000 in campaign donations from two local law enforcement unions just days after Stephon Clark was killed by Sacramento police who shot the unarmed African American man, campaign finance records show.
“So the public perception is right. (DA’s offices) are beholden to law enforcement unions. You can’t engender trust when those relationships are so tightly wound.”
"I never really knew him knew him. But I knew of him. He was a nice guy, he didn't deserve that, even if he was breaking my windows out," Reiling told FOX40.
Now, Reiling stands behind Clark's family and thinks the national attention is actually a good thing.
"It needs to be national, it needs to be worldwide," he said. "That way, people know what's going on and put a stop to this police brutality and shootings for no reason."
Both of Reiling's trucks, which he says are his livelihood, are in police custody as evidence.
So now Sac PD officers need to verbalize why they mute their body cam before they do so. Wow that's really helpful!
The Sacramento Police Department published new footage and an audio recording from the night of March 18, when Stephon Clark, 22, was killed by officers in his grandmother’s backyard.
Police fired 20 times at Clark. Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist retained by Clark’s family to conduct an independent autopsy, said he found Clark was shot by Sacramento police eight times and six of those wounds were in his back.
At the scene, one officer asked how many times the officers fired, according to the new footage.
“We both shot southbound,” said one officer. “I shot about five times.”
The footage also shows officers taking turns trying to revive Clark, who appears to be handcuffed.
“Shine me a light. Come on, buddy, wake up, breathe for me,” said one officer. “Come on, bud.”
Under fire for her handling of the inquiry into the March 18 shooting death of Stephon Clark, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert launched a public defense Wednesday, saying her office has not yet received the police investigation of the case and that it could take many months before her own investigation is complete.
“The reality is, is that what happened to Stephon Clark is a tragedy,” Schubert said in a news conference during which she outlined the steps she takes in investigating officer-involved shootings and noted she is not legally required to conduct such reviews.
Schubert noted her own office’s review of the case has not officially begun because the Sacramento Police Department is doing its own inquiry, which will then be turned over to her investigators to determine whether a crime was committed and if that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
But, she emphasized, the police review and county coroner autopsy results have not been turned over to her investigators.
“The case is not in our office,” she said. “We have not started a review.”
Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said on Wednesday that her office has not received any reports from the Sacramento Police Department about the shooting of Stephon Clark, and that it may at least a year until it completes a report on the incident, which occurred a month ago today.
"The role of the DA's office is not to provide or evaluate an opinion on whether the officers could have taken some other action, whether they made correct or incorrect tactical decisions, whether there are policies or procedures that the law enforcement agency could change or improve upon," she said.
Coroner Kimberly Gin said in the report that due to "erroneous information that was released from the private autopsy," the office had four forensic pathologists review the autopsy before releasing the findings. One of the four doctors who reviewed the autopsy was independent forensic pathologist Dr. Gregory D. Reiber.
According to Reiber, Omalu misidentified an exit wound as an entrance wound, which led to Omalu concluding that Clark was hit eight times.
This is a significant error as it leads to incorrect conclusions regarding the relative positions of the victim and the shooters during the event," Reiber said in his review.
Coroner Kimberly Gin said in a letter to police dated Friday that she brought four pathologists into the matter "in light of the erroneous information that was released from the private autopsy."
Among the new findings: Clark was shot seven times, not eight, the report concludes. Three of the rounds entered his back.
That differs sharply from findings issued March 30 by Dr. Bennet Omalu, a noted pathologist hired by the Clark family legal team, who determined that Clark was shot eight times - six of them in the back.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article210248019.html#storylink=cpy
Stephon Clark official autopsy released. Family autopsy was 'erroneous,' coroner says
In a news conference, Dr. Omalu stated a majority of the shots that hit Clark were lethal. Dr. Reiber writes, "the possibility of wounds 2 and 3 (right shoulder/arm, upper back) being lethal injuries, as described by Dr. Omalu in press conference statements, cannot be supported by the available documentation. The lethal potential of both wounds appears very low."
The autopsy report also contained the toxicology results. The results from the Laboratory of Forensic Services show Clark tested positive for ethanol (0.08 percent), cocaine metabolite, cannabinoids, codeine, alprazolam and etizolam in his blood and codeine and hydrocdone in his urine. The results from NMS Labs show Clark tested positive for ethanol (0.09 percent), cannabinoids, codeine, alprazolam, etizolam, nicotine, hydrocodone and promethazine in his blood.
Link to full 38 page autopsy report, including toxicology reports (verified by 2 separate labs). Scroll down in the article to the embedded autopsy report, as well as the Sacramento County coroner's review.
Of note, the blood levels of all of the 9 intoxicants present are in quite significant amounts. Meaning, the ingestions were both chronic (indicated by metabolites), as well as contemporary in time to his death (ingested in the hours before he died, which we know because of the half life of each drug, relative to the blood level detected). The tox reports have some good info following the graphs of results.
There is simply no question that he was under the influence of multiple intoxicating drugs (7) at the time he was shot. All of these drugs have synergistic intoxicant effects (they potentiate each other.)
1. Beverage alcohol
I don't care who you are, that's a big list of intoxicants.
IMO, this pattern of drug ingestion (basically he took *any* intoxicant he could obtain-- the "kitchen sink" and then some), strongly suggests he was either looking for money or valuables to sell to buy more drugs, while breaking into cars, or looking for more drugs to steal/ take.
Is that why he was breaking into the home of the elderly neighbor? I think that's a good guess. Many elderly people are on multiple prescribed meds for chronic conditions. The elderly are a target for break ins, because many times drug thieves assume there could be prescription drugs (opioids, pain meds, anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, etc) with street value to steal or ingest.
Astonishing that he was only out of jail 30 days, and had this many substances in his body. So much for the ridiculous "stay at home dad" and "turning his life around" stories that his brother Stevante told reporters to try to rehabilitate SC's reputation.
I wasn't aware that having illicit drugs in your system carried the death penalty.
It can when you’re so messed up you run from cops and then charge at them when cornered. It points to state of mind. How that’s misunderstood is just beyond comprehension. Moo
The officers involved in the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark were responding to a 911 call that a man wearing a black hoodie was breaking car windows in a Sacramento neighborhood. Minutes later, Clark lay dead in the backyard of his grandmother’s home.
While some information has been released about the shooting in the year since it happened, for the first time, the officers’ accounts of the incident are now public in a nearly 800-page report by the Sacramento Police Department.
The file, which was released late Tuesday, also includes police reports and dispatch records about the March 18 shooting that left the 22-year-old dead. The documents were posted on a website after State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that no charges would be filed against the officers.