By Frederick H. Lowe
Sacramento, California, police shot an unarmed Stephon Clark a total of eight times including six times in the back, according to independent autopsy results released today by Dr. Bennet Omalu.
Six shots fired by Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal wounded the 22-year-old Clark in his lower back. The 7th shot wounded him in the side but more to the back and the 8th shot him in the arm.
Robinet and Mercadal, who is black, fired a total of 20 shots at Clark as he stood in his grandmother’s backyard on Sunday night. The cops claimed they believed Clark was carrying a gun, but he was only holding a cellular telephone.
He was alive for three to 10 minutes but police did nothing to help him.
They pursued Clark because they received a report that someone was breaking car windows in the neighborhood. A helicopter trailed from the air the person believed to be Clark.
Since Clark’s deadly shooting, residents have peacefully demonstrated against the police. Hundreds attended Clark’s funeral which was held yesterday.
Dr. Omalu, a forensic pathologist discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease found in football players who have had repeated hits to the head. His story was featured in the 2015 movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith.