Stephon Clark should be alive.
Stephon should be celebrating his 24th birthday this year with his family. But he’s not.
Stephon should be raising his two sons and watching them grow. But he’s not.
Stephon should be living his life. But he’s not.
The Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department took all that away from Stephon and his family when they murdered him, killing a 22-year-old Black father of two in his grandmother’s backyard.
The officers did not identify themselves as police, they did not issue any verbal warning, and they did not take any measures to de-escalate. Stephon was unarmed and in no way a threat. Instead, they shot 20 times and hit Stephon at least 8 times. Even then, they did not call for medical care even though he was bleeding profusely.
Now the Sacramento District Attorney says it’s unjust to charge these officers with Stephon’s murder—where is Stephon’s justice?
Black lives matter and we will not play along and act like this is just or right. No DA ruling can change the most important fact—Stephon should be alive.
Stephon’s family has three things for every person in Sacramento and across California to do in Stephon’s name:
When you protest, we ask you to shout: “no power, no peace!” Justice must not be left in the hands of those that have failed to deliver it. We must build our own power in Stephon’s name so that no other young Black man or anybody else is ever murdered like he was. Ever again.
We ask you to use your power to demand that the California State Legislature pass the California Act to Save Lives, AB392. This bill would change police use of force policies so that officers would have to de-escalate however possible before resorting to lethal force. Stephon would be alive today if the officers had followed this policy. So would Mario Woods and Oscar Grant and Alex Nieto and Sahleem Tindle and Willie McCoy and far too many others, mostly young men of color.
We ask you to commit today that you will vote in every single election. We need to build power in Sacramento and we can’t do that if we don’t vote. Register if you’re not registered yet.
We miss Stephon every day and that is never going to change. But we can change Sacramento and we can change California, and we can change the law in every state in this country.
Do it for Stephon Clark, Oscar Grant, Sahleem Tindle, Willie McCoy, Agustin Gonzalez, Antonio Guzman-Lopez, Michael Barrera, Colby Friday, James Rivera Jr., Nathaniel Pickett and all those murdered by police.
Let's end police violence in California.
California Families United 4 Justice Coalition