On March 18 Stephon Alonzo ‘Zoe’ Clark, 22, (above) was shot 20 times by police officers searching for a suspect breaking car windows in Sacramento, California
The grandmother of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot 20 times by police, wailed at a press conference Monday asking why the cops used such brutal force against him.
‘They didn’t have to kill him like that. They didn’t have to shoot him that many times,’ Sequita Thompson said through her tears.
Stephon Alonzo ‘Zoe’ Clark, 22, was chased by two Sacramento, California police officers into his grandparent’s backyard on March 18.
It was there he was riddled with bullets as officers yelled at him to put his hands up.
The horrific incident was caught on the officers’ bodycam footage after police received a call about a man breaking car windows in the area.
Police believed that Clark was armed. He was found with just a cellphone besides him.
Thompson spoke before a reporters on Monday, demanding justice for her grandson who died in the attack last Sunday after 9pm.
On Monday Clark’s grandmother Sequita Thompson (center) spoke on the brutal shooting asking why police used such brutal force after he was found in her backyard on his cellphone
She fell to attorney Ben Crump during her speech Monday. Crump has also represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice
Thompson broke down in tears as she rebuked police saying ‘They didn’t have to kill him like that. They didn’t have to shoot him that many times’
Clark’s brother Ste’vonte Clark (left) stood by her side to comfort her as she relived the terrifying moment she heard the reign of gunshots and she crawled on the ground with her grandaughter to safety
‘Why didn’t they shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the leg, send a dog, send a taser? Why? Why,’ she said.
‘Now my great-grandbabies don’t have their daddy,’ she added.
He leaves behind two children ages one and three, according to NY Daily News.
‘I want justice for Stephon Clark. Please, give us justice!’ she said.
Thompson described the harrowing sound of gunshots and recalled for the crowd how she dropped to the floor with her seven-year-old granddaughter and crawled to safety, according to CBS News.
Present at the press conference was civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who will represent the family.
He has also represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.
‘People who committed a mass shooting in Florida were not shot once, but a young black man holding a cellphone is shot 20 times. The young man who was bombing homes in Austin, Texas, the police followed him for hours. He wasn’t shot once, but an unarmed black man holding the cellphone is shot 20 times,’ Crump said at the conference.
Police said officers commanded Clark to show his hands, and ultimately shot him out of fear for their safety because they mistakenly thought he was pointing a gun at them
Thompson said in her speech ‘Now my great-grandbabies don’t have their daddy’ referring to Clark’s two children ages one and three
Clark is pictured in this undated photo with his mother, who had lost another son to violence
On Thursday protestors took to Sacramento City Hall to decry the police brutality
The Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics also stood in solidarity with Stephon Clark wearing warm up T-shirts with his name and the phrase ‘Accountability. We are one’
Clark’s death sparked an outcry against police brutality in Sacramento, as the streets flooded with protests.
On Sunday a candlelight vigil was held in Clark’s memory.
NBA players of the Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics wore black warm-up T-shirts with Clark’s name on it and the phrase ‘Accountability. We are one” in solidarity with the family.
Police revealed bodycam video footage of the horrific shooting that saw the two cops shout ‘Gun! Gun! Gun!’ before opening fire in the darkened backyard.
In the clip they do not identify themselves as officers and hail down fire while still asking Clark to raise his hands.
Another clip, taken from the police helicopter and shot in infrared, shows Clark jumping a neighbor’s fence to get into his family’s backyard.
Two officers are spotted moving along the side of the house. They then confront him and open fire.
Clark collapses to the ground.
Cops said they opened fire because he was walking towards them holding an object they believed to be a gun, saying they feared for their safety.
It was found to be a cell-phone.
Police have released shocking video that shows the moment cops shot Clark dead after they thought his cell phone was a gun
Officers fired 20 times at Clark, after chasing him through the streets at night, into the backyard of his grandparents’ house (pictured after being shot)
As Clark lay dying on the ground, the officers yelled at him to ‘show me your hands!’