Sacramento settles with Stephon Clark’s parents for $1.7 million


The City of Sacramento will pay $1.7 million to the parents of Stephon Clark, who was shot by police while holding a cellphone in 2018, to settle the final part of a lawsuit filed by Clark’s family , officials said on Friday.

Clark, 22, was killed on March 18, 2018, when Sacramento police fired 20 shots, hitting him at least seven times. Officers had chased Clark into the backyard of his grandmother’s house after receiving reports of vandalism and said he advanced on them holding a gun.

Clark was holding a cell phone at the time.

Investigations by local, state and federal agencies found the shooting was within the policies of the Sacramento Police Department and state law.

In 2019, the city settled part of the lawsuit brought by Clark’s family by paying her two children $2.4 million, leaving her parents as the only remaining plaintiffs, according to a subsequent court ruling.

“The decision to resolve the case through a negotiated settlement comes after careful consideration of all options,” the Sacramento City Attorney said. Susana Alcala Wood said in a press release Friday. “We believe this is the best way forward for all parties involved, including our community.”

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called Clark’s death “a tragedy that has brought pain and grief to his family and to our entire city.”

“Everyone wishes this heartbreaking event had not happened. A family has lost a son, a grandson, a brother and a father,” Steinberg said in the statement.

The shooting drew national attention and sparked massive protests in Sacramento.

The protests contributed to the passage of Senate Bill 1421, a law on police transparency that requires the release of personnel records in law enforcement shootings, and Bill 392 of the Assembly, which raised standards for when officers can use lethal force.

The Sacramento Police Department also made changes in the wake of the shooting, including updating its body camera and foot chase policies “as well as developing a comprehensive use of force policy. “, said the city.


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