Students Walk Out, March for Stephon Clark

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SACRAMENTO -- Students from Sacramento City College and C.K. McClatchy High School staged a walkout Thursday and marched for Stephon Clark.

Thursday's march is the second time demonstrators have shut down Freeport Boulevard in 24 hours.

The group made its way through the Curtis Park neighborhood and into Oak Park and Sacramento Charter High School before heading toward the State Capitol. The demonstration grew in size with each stop, with students from schools like Health Professions High School joining the group.

"I didn't expect this much people to be out of school holding up signs, you know, doing everything they're supposed to be doing," Andre Young, Clark's cousin, told FOX40. "If (Clark) was here right now, if this was somebody else, if he was here right now, he would tell you, 'Oh, I don’t even know him but, hey, justice for him.' That’s exactly what he would say."

Clark was a student at Sac High before attending City College. The march was organized by the Black Student Union at City College.

"This affects everyone on this campus, so that’s why it’s important they get involved because they can be Stephon Clark, I can be Stephon Clark," Black Student Union President Josh Robinson said. "My brother, my sister, my classmate, my peer could be Stephon Clark."

Photo by Carlos Rodriguez/FOX40

Many in the group were younger, close to Clark's age. Clark was 22 when he was killed last year.

Reaching the State Capitol, the group voiced strong support for Assembly Bill 392 -- which would limit when law enforcement officers in California could use deadly force.

"AB 392 is the least thing that you could do to start addressing police murders within the black community," Robinson said.

Sacramento Police Captain Norm Leong said the march made its way through the city with no issues.

"Tell those people who are in the positions to change it, you have to help us do something about it," City College student Leveria Williams said. "It’s time to stop turning a blind eye."

Demonstrators have been holding protests since Saturday, when District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced she would not file criminal charges against the two officers who shot and killed Clark.

A demonstration in the affluent Fabulous 40s neighborhood Monday night resulted in dozens of arrests, including journalists and clergy, and sharp criticism against the police department for how it handled the protest.

Photo by Carlos Rodriguez/FOX40

 

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