Sacramento County DA Discusses Police Shooting Investigations

SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced late Wednesday morning at a press conference that it could still be months before her office begins its investigation into the officer-involved shooting of Stephon Clark.

Despite Schubert telling reporters the DA has no legal obligation to conduct its own investigation, she says she expected her office to have the case within 30 days of the Sacramento Police Department's own internal investigation. Her office's investigation could take six months to a year.

California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra's office will conduct its own separate investigation.

Schubert discussed the process of investigating officer-involved shootings and the role her office typically plays in those investigations, but would not get into specifics about the Stephon Clark case.

She did, however, seem willing to discuss policy changes in how the DA's office investigates these shootings.

The DA also discussed the protests that have taken place outside her office for the last three weeks and said she recognizes the "grief and anger" surrounding crime and economic issues in the community.

"There is an opportunity gap in our community and we must acknowledge that," she said.

Schubert has been a regular target of protests in the aftermath of the Stephon Clark shooting. Demonstrators have demanded that she file charges against the two officers who killed Clark. The DA added:

"I respect peaceful protests, I do respect that. I think what's happening in the last week is anything but peaceful. I think if you were to see video footage or just see what's happening behind our building when people are simply trying to leave to go home, whether it be to pick up their children or get to wherever they need to get to go. And their cars are being surrounded and they're being screamed at and cussed at and blocked. Having their license plates filmed or when a victim or a witness is afraid to come in this building because they are screaming. I think that's not peaceful."

Hours after Schubert said there is clear frustration from the community, protesters were once again outside of the DA's Office.

On Thursday, Black Lives Matter and the group "Color of Change" say they will present a petition of 100,000 signatures to the DA demanding criminal charges be filed against the officers who shot Stephon Clark.

"It's just to show that there is national pressure. That the whole country is watching and we need her to file charges," said BLM Sacramento founder Tanya Faison.

After the press conference, to mark the one-month anniversary of Clark's death, community members hung a 75-foot banner on the Tower Bridge that read, "They Want Peaceful Protests - We Want The DA To Prosecute" and featured a portrait of Clark.