People are tired of the same old story. And like a banner, that sentiment was raised above the nation these last couple of days, after the shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old black man, who was shot and killed at the hands of law enforcement in Sacramento, Calif. earlier this month.
On Tuesday (March 27), the brother of the victim, Stevante Clark, and several protesters, entered the Sacramento City Council meeting and delivered a passionate speech, calling for answers in the wake of his brother's death.
Stephon Clark, 22, the father of two children, was fatally shot by Sacramento police officers on March 18 in his grandmother's backyard. Police said two officers fired 20 rounds at Clark, who was only holding his cellphone, not a weapon.
At Tuesday's council meeting, Clark's brother Stevante Clark hopped on the council dais and led a crowd in calls for justice, while demanding answers as residents at the meeting expressed outrage at the police for the killing of Clark. Standing in front of council members, as well as Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Clark's brother said, "The mayor and the city of Sacramento has failed all of you," before acknowledging the increased rent, poverty, and gang violence in the city. Frustration was also expressed over a legal system that, time and time again, fails to prosecute or convict officers.
"Now the mayor wants to talk to me. The chief of police got my brother killed. He doesn't care. He shows no emotion at all. And y'all get mad at me for not crying on the news." At one point in the meeting, a male speaker even asked attendees to face their cell phones toward the city council, before asking the illuminating question: "Does this look like a gun?"
The move was just a testament to the boiling levels of frustration that continues to take place day-by-day. Hours later, protestors made their way to Golden 1 Center, where the Sacramento Kings basketball team was set to play its game. For the second time in a week, the protest caused the arena to temporarily close its doors.