SACRAMENTO — Nearly two weeks after 22-year-old Stephon Clark’s death, people started marching Saturday at 65th Street and Florin Road in South Sacramento near the Sheriff’s Department Service Center. They also held a candlelit vigil.
The march and vigil started off peacefully but shortly after protesters started marching a sheriff’s department patrol SUV allegedly hit a woman, who was identified Sunday as Wanda Cleveland, while she was protesting.
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Cleveland was hospitalized with minor injuries, according to the sheriff's department.
Deputies say the vehicle was damaged not by hitting Cleveland, but by other protesters.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted the following morning to offer Cleveland his support during her recovery. "Wishing you a peaceful and full recovery today, Wanda. Your entire @TheCityofSac family is thinking about you and look forward to seeing you again soon," he wrote.
Wishing you a peaceful and full recovery today, Wanda. Your entire @TheCityofSac family is thinking about you and look forward to seeing you again soon.
— Darrell Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) April 1, 2018
The sheriff's department says it is investigating what happened. California Highway Patrol is also investigating the situation and ask any witnesses, especially those with photos or videos of the incident, to contact the CHP’s South Sacramento Area office at 916-681-2300, during regular business hours, or contact the CHP Communication Center at 916-861-1300. Witnesses may refer to incident report number: 9252-2018-01427.
— Ali Wolf (@awolfTV) April 1, 2018
Organizers say they were focusing on the role the Sheriff's Department played as it was the Sheriff's Department's helicopter that directed Sacramento police officers the night Clark was killed.
The candle lit vigil was held for justice and for all victims of police violence.