Friday, September 17, 2021

California Civil Rights Leaders Call for Special Prosecutor in Slaying of Stephon Clark

*Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Project Islamic Hope President Najee Ali and a coalition of civil rights leaders on Thursday, March 22, called on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the slaying by Sacramento Police of Stephon Clark.

The local leaders urge the AG to act based on the refusal of local District Attorneys to press charges against officers in the killing of unarmed civilians. Clark was unarmed in his Grandmother’s home backyard and officers discharged 20 shots at him.

“Attorney generals and governors in New York, Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio have appointed independent prosecutors, special investigators and independent panels in police slayings of unarmed civilians when local DAs have refused to prosecute,” says Hutchinson and Ali, “California’s Attorney General has that authority. And there is precedent for that in California. Becerra has placed the San Francisco Police Dept. under Attorney General monitoring in response to the gross violence and abuses by that department.”

The appointment of a special prosecutor by Becerra will send the strong message that police officers who wantonly overuse deadly force will be held accountable. And that local DAs who abrogate their responsibility to prosecute abusive officers will have authority removed from that in blatant cases of abuse such as the Clark slaying.

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Stephon Clark

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, President Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable

Dwayne Wyatt, L.A Black Employees for Fairness

Najee Ali, Director, Project Islamic Hope

Sikivu Hutchinson, Womens Leadership Project

Debbie Washington National Council of Negro Women

Robert Taylor, Black Ministerial Alliance

Lita Herron, President Youth Advocacy Coalition

Pedro Baez, Founder Voice of the People

Skip Townsend, Cease Fire

Vicky Lindsay Project Cry No More

Endorsement Requested:

NAACP-Los Angeles

Adrian Dove, Chairman, Congress of Racial Equality

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