Two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot a black man after mistaking his cellphone for a gun will not face criminal charges, prosecutors announced Saturday, a decision likely to spark protests in the state capital and propel legislation for stricter use-of-force laws.
Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert said Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet acted legally when they fired 20 rounds at Stephon Clark, 22, last March after chasing him into his grandmother’s backyard and apparently confusing his iPhone for a weapon. Schubert said the officers feared for their lives when they saw a flash of light as Clark advanced toward them, and they responded by opening fire.
Pastor Les Simmons, of the group Sacramento Area Congregations Together, said on Capital Public Radio that he was “heartbroken” by the decision and called on the city to keep the two officers from policing the streets again.
“I think our community is really hurting right now,” he said. “This is not the justice the community was looking for.”
Other faith leaders were preparing their response Saturday morning and are expected to release four demands later this afternoon, asking the city to fire the officers, grant the city police commission investigative powers, adopt a local use-of-force policy that mirrors AB 392 and to endorse the legislation.
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