By Frederick H. Lowe
The California Department of Justice will provide independent oversight into the deadly police shooting 0f Stephon Alonzo Clark, Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, announced Tuesday during a news conference attended by Sacramento, California officials.
The California DOJ will lend its experience to ensure a fair and impartial investigation, Becerra said.
The 22-year-old Clark, a married father of two, was shot to death Sunday night by Sacramento police officers Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal. Clark was unarmed and standing in his grandmother’s backyard. Robinet and Mercadal fired a total of 20 shots. Mercadal is black.
Since the deadly shooting, there have been peaceful demonstrations. On Monday night, members of Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics wore black warm-up shirts with #Stephon Clark printed on the back to protest and to draw attention to his death.
Questions about Clark’s death at the hands of police continue the drumbeat of police being assigned to desk duty and investigated for killing black men.
In all instances, the cops return to duty without facing charges and with more money in their bank accounts.
On Tuesday. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said he would not prosecute Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, II for the 2016 fatal shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.
Landry called cops’ actions reasonable.
The University of Cincinnati has agreed to pay $344,000 in back wages and legal expenses to Ray Tensing, a white university police officer, who shot to death an unarmed Sam DuBose during a traffic stop on July 19, 2015. The amount the University of Cincinnati agreed to pay Tensing is much more than the late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar paid his Sicarios.
DuBose was unarmed, but two juries could not reach a verdict regarding Tensing’s guilt or innocence.