Stephon Clark Shot Multiple Times in Back

Private autopsy says he was shot 8 times in all, took up to 10 minutes to die
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2018 2:26 PM CDT
Protesters march down a street after the funeral for police shooting victim Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, March 29.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – The family of Stephon Clark released the results of a private autopsy on Friday that shows police shot him eight times, mostly in the back, reports the Sacramento Bee. Bullets hit the 22-year-old in the back, neck, and thigh, per the Washington Post, and the AP says seven of the shots came from behind, with the one in the thigh occurring as he was falling or already on the ground. Pathologist Bennet Omalu, of NFL concussion fame, conducted the autopsy and said it likely took three to 10 minutes for Clark to die. "It was not an instant death," he said, a point likely to resurface given that officers have been criticized for waiting to administer first aid. The two officers said they fired because they mistook Clark's phone for a gun.

  • Police version: The family is expected to file a federal lawsuit, and attorney Benjamin Crump seized on the results: "The narrative that had been put forth was that they had to open fire because he was charging at them," he said, per CNN. "Well obviously, based on Dr. Omalu's findings and the family's autopsy, it suggests all the bullets were from behind." The autopsy "affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police."

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