California prosecutors ask NFL to take down shooting video
SACRAMENTO, Calif. California prosecutors on Tuesday asked the NFL to remove a video produced as part of the league's Inspire Change campaign, saying it misrepresents the circumstances leading to the fatal shooting of a Black man in 2018. The video shows Sequette Clark speaking about the death of her son, Stephon Clark, who was killed in the backyard of his grandparents home. The shooting led to weeks of protests in Sacramento and across the nation, sometimes disrupting games by the NBA's Sacramento Kings. The video entitled Stephon Clarks Legacy ' #EveryonesChild poignantly shows his mother's loss and pride in her son, Pierson wrote on behalf of the association. The letter asks Goodell to reexamine the factual findings of Stephon Clarks death and produce a video that accurately depicts the conduct of all concerned in an officer involved shooting.
Floyd death sparks efforts to hold more officers accountable
In the wake of Floyd's death, state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to hold police legally accountable for their actions. Since the beginning of 2005, 110 non-federal law enforcement officers have been arrested on murder or manslaughter charges resulting from on-duty shootings. Taking his own initiative, and invoking Floyd's name, a district attorney in Oregon said he will no longer seek or accept donations or endorsements from law enforcement unions, law enforcement officers and defense attorneys. Some police advocates complain that law enforcement officers are being unjustly vilified, when millions of arrests and other interactions occur peacefully each year. More importantly, its going to be a danger to the public if people just stop becoming law enforcement officers," he said.
Large crowds march across California for George Floyd
The protest is sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (Jason Pierce/The Sacramento Bee via AP)SAN FRANCISCO Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in San Francisco, Sacramento, Simi Valley, San Diego, Los Angeles and elsewhere across California on Saturday, continuing more than a week of protest marches expressing outrage over the death of George Floyd. The large turnout of white protesters "is sending a powerful message. It was there that four white Los Angeles police officers were found not guilty of beating motorist Rodney King, sparking riots in 1992. Police can't operate without community trust that is broken when officers act improperly as they did most recently with Floyd, he said.
US Legislatures slow to pass laws limiting use of force
FILE - In this March 5, 2019 file photo Ohio House minority leader Emilia Sykes delivers the Democrat's response to the Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. As of August 2018, at least 16 states had passed use-of-force laws, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. Other laws created task forces to set new standards, boosted training or improved tracking of officers' use of guns and deadly force. Police unions have often resisted attempts to restrict officers' use of deadly force and are politically potent in most states. In 2015, the board adopted statewide standards limiting use of deadly force by police officers to defending themselves or others from serious injury or death.
Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death
I feel very, very badly," Trump said Thursday of George Floyd's death while handcuffed and in the custody of Minneapolis police. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election-year political calculations. Trump was very upset when he saw that video," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday. The White House and Department of Justice have long had the power to address these issues. Sharpton credited both the magnitude of outrage in response to Floyd's death as well as the upcoming election for the changed approach.
Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death
I feel very, very badly," Trump said Thursday of George Floyd's death while handcuffed and in the custody of police in Minneapolis. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election year political calculations. Trump was very upset when he saw that video," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday. The White House and Department of Justice have long had the power to address these issues. Sharpton credited both the magnitude of outrage in response to Floyd's death as well as the election for the changed approach.
Feds decline to charge officers in death of Stephon Clark
(CNN) - Federal authorities said Thursday they will not file civil rights charges against two Sacramento, California, police officers who fatally shot Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year. The Sacramento Police Department also cleared the officers of any wrongdoing and is returning them to active duty. The U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI and prosecutors in the Civil Rights Division reviewed the killing of Clark on March 18, 2018, the statement said. The officers were not charged with crimes, a decision that prompted protests when local prosecutors announced it in March. Officers return to 'full, active duty'After the federal announcement Thursday, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said the department also cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.
Sacramento to pay children of Stephon Clark $2.4M
(CNN) - The city of Sacramento has agreed to pay $2.4 million to the two sons of Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot last year by police, federal court documents filed in California show. About a quarter of the money will go to attorneys, including the firm of high-profile civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump. Clark was shot seven times on March 18, 2018, in his grandparents' backyard. The two Sacramento officers who shot him were responding to a report that a man had broken car windows and was hiding in a backyard, authorities have said. The officers who fired at Clark believed he was pointing a gun at them, police have said.