A man from Sacramento, US was shot 20 times by the police after he was mistaken for having a weapon on him which turned out to be a phone.
Stephan Clark, aged 22 – 23 was gunned down in less than 6 seconds in his back yard after the police opened fire on him killing him instantly.
According to the police, they saw an object in Clark’s hand before they fired 20 bullets that killed him while in his back yard Sunday night in Sacramento.
Reports about the incident came to light on Wednesday night after a disturbing camera footage of the shooting was made public showing the defenseless young man being gunned down.
The two officers were responding to a 911 call about a man breaking vehicle windows when they encountered, then killed, Clark, an unarmed black man.
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Video released by the Sacramento Police Department depicts a frantic foot pursuit through darkened streets pierced by white slivers of police flashlight.
The officers spot Clark approaching a house and shout: “Show me your hands! Stop! Stop!”
Clark is seen running, and the two officers round the corner of the house and find him under a covered patio. An infrared camera on an overhead helicopter briefly loses sight of Clark.
“Show me your hands! Gun!” an officer shouts and ducks behind the wall in a fraction of a second. The helicopter footage shows one of the officers appearing to grab his partner to pull him to cover.
Clark steps toward the officers. Behind the wall, one of the officers issues another command. “Show me your hands!” And then: “Gun, gun, gun!”
Both officers open fire. Sparks from the bullets light up the helicopter’s infrared camera in sharp white pops. The sequence, from the first glimpse of Clark on the patio to the first gunshot, unfolds in about six seconds.
The officers are never heard identifying themselves as police before fatally shooting Clark. The gun officers thought Clark had in his hand was actually a white iPhone.
More of the story at: The Washington Post
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