More than 100 people marched through Sacramento to protest the government’s decision not to prosecute the cops who shot Stephon Clark. Clark was unarmed and cornered in a yard when police claim the light from his phone was a muzzle flash from a gun and shot him 20 times.
The protest began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Shortly after 9 p.m. police moved in and dozens were arrested.
The street protests were peaceful and included clergy members from the community, but after police claimed to have seen the keying of a car, they moved in to arrest 84 people.
A livestream from Reverend Kevin Ross revealed the heated emotions as protesters were placed in handcuffs, before being bused away for processing.
“It was an extreme overreaction,” said Ross, “None of us are armed. We are operating in the ways of Dr. King, and we are really rooted in a nonviolent peaceful campaign.”
Residents in the East Sacramento neighborhood where protests took place said they support the public’s right to protest.