SACRAMENTO — Sacramento activist Sean Thompson, who is out on bail after hitting Mayor Kevin Johnson with a pie in the face last week, had his first face-to-face encounter with the mayor since the pie incident Tuesday night.
During the public comment period of the Tuesday city council meeting, Thompson cited the mayor’s attention to the Golden 1 Center when explaining the motivation behind the coconut cream attack.
“A government distracts its citizens with food and entertainment in order to better hide the crooked leadership and the rotten policies they conduct,” Thompson said. “And to me, this arena has been your circus. It’s been a joke. You’ve been the ring leader. You’ve been the lead clown. And that’s why I threw a pie at you.”
They mayor did not respond to the verbal jab.
Thompson made his second court appearance Tuesday morning — a continuation of his arraignment, which began last Friday. He faces multiple charges for shoving the pie in Johnson’s face at a public event last Wednesday. He has yet to enter a plea.
Johnson spoke out over the weekend, explaining he acted in self defense when he punched Thompson in the face immediately after the pie attack. He said everything happened so quickly, he just reacted.
“You don’t know if the person has a weapon, knife or gun,” Johnson explained. “You don’t know anything so your instincts are just to protect.”
Prior to Tuesday night’s open public comment period, the city council addressed an issue that is a major concern of many community members: police shootings.
Mayor Pro Tem Larry Carr presented a draft of a use-of-force policy for the police department to follow.
Among other things, the policy is designed to ensure that police “A) are authorized to use deadly force only when there is an imminent threat to life and such force is strictly unavoidable to protect life. B) issue a verbal warning, when possible, before using deadly force, and C) use the minimum force necessary to apprehend a subject.”
The policy was presented for discussion as a work in progress and will be the subject of a number of town hall meetings and revisions before council members vote on it later this fall.