A newly-released autopsy report seems to contradict the police narrative surrounding the shooting of Stephon Clark.
Clark was shot and killed by police in his own backyard las week, after the cops mistook a cell phone in his hands for a weapon.
National civil rights and personal injury lawyer Ben Crump held a press conference in Sacramento on Friday to announce the independent autopsy results performed on Clark by Dr. Bennet Omalu, according to a press release obtained by Oxygen.com.
The autopsy, which was performed at the request of Clark's family, revealed that the eight bullets that struck the unarmed young man hit him in the back or site, and that none of the bullets came from the front. Previously, police claimed that Clark was moving towards them when he was shot and killed.
"These findings from the independent autopsy contradict the police narrative that we’ve been told," Crump, who has been retained by Clark's family in order to obtain justice, said during the press conference. "From the time this investigation began, statements provided by the Sacramento Police Department have proven to be self-serving, untrustworthy, and unreliable. This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances."
The Sacramento Police Department has maintained that the officers "believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them."
"Fearing for their safety, the officers fired their duty weapons striking the suspect multiple times," the police said in a statement. The involved officers held their position for approximately five minutes, until additional officers arrived. Officers approached the suspect, handcuffed him and began life saving efforts."
Dr. Omalu's findings identified eight entry wounds, which can be seen in the official autopsy illustration above. The autopsy results indicate that the entry wounds came either from the back or from the side. Since there are no front entry wounds, Crump asserted in the press conference that it is clear to him that Clark was not a threat to the officers when he was shot.
"Beyond the fact that police at first said Stephon’s cell phone was mistaken for a gun, but then changed their story to say they thought it was a crowbar, our autopsy has shown that he was shot repeatedly in the back — which is certainly not characteristic of someone menacing officers or preparing an imminent attack," Crump said.
Crump and his co-counsel, attorneys Brian Panish and Dale Galipo, are currently "exploring every legal remedy possible to get justice for Stephon Clark," according to Crump's website.
"The children lost their father and deserve justice," Panish said. "We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine how this happened."
On March 26, Clark's grandmother Sequita Thompson held back tears as she publicly addressed the police brutality that led to her grandson's death in her backyard. She demanded accountability, according to The Huffington Post.
"They didn’t have to kill him like that," she said. "They didn’t have to shoot him this many times. Why didn’t you just shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the leg, send the dogs, send a Taser. Why? Why? Y’all didn’t have to do that. [...] Please give us justice."
After his death, public outrage and massive protests erupted across the nation (such as one that delayed an NBA game). Police have since released pieces of footage which reveals that the two cops involved in the scene muted their body cams after the fatal shooting.
[Photo: Facebook; Ben Crump Law]