BREAKING: Woman hit by Sheriff’s Department vehicle at vigil for Stephon Clark

A woman was struck by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department vehicle at a vigil for Stephon Clark Saturday after the deputy, who had been repeating “back away from my vehicle,” started driving, knocking the woman to the curb.

A friend of the victim identified her as 61-year-old Wanda Cleveland. Witnesses said Cleveland was standing close to the curb when the vehicle hit her on the right leg. Cleveland landed on her hip and shoulder and hit her head.

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She couldn’t move her head and she has a prior medical condition, according to Cleveland’s friend Ava Nadal, who witnessed the incident. Cleveland was transported to the hospital.

In a statement released early Sunday, the Sheriff’s Department said Cleveland sustained “minor injuries.”

“The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an internal review of the incident and the California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision,” the Department said.

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  • 61-year-old Wanda Cleveland was struck by a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Vehicle after the sheriff repeatedly said into his megaphone "Move away from the vehicle" as protesters had stopped traffic and begun to swarm on the sheriff's vehicles on the evening of Saturday, March 31 2018.

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  • 61-year-old Wanda Cleveland being loaded into a stretcher by the Sacramento Fire Department after being struck by a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department vehicle during the candlelight vigil turned protest on Saturday, March 31 2018.

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  • A poster and candlelight vigil for Stephon Clark was displayed on the corner of 65th Street and Florin Road on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Stephon Clark, 22, was an unarmed black man who was shot eight times by police while entering his grandmother's backyard on March 18.

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  • A candlelight vigil for Stephon Clark was held on the evening of Saturday, March 31 in South Sacramento. The vigil soon turned to a marching protest. Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police in his grandmother's backyard on March 18.

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  • A father and his daughter protest on the corner of 65th Street and Florin Road during the candlelight vigil for Stephon Clark on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Activists held the event in honor of Clark, who was shot by Sacramento police eight times with six bullets entering his back.

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  • Protesters occupy Florin Road before a blockade of Sacramento police during a march for Stephon Clark on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Activists took to the streets of southern Sacramento to raise awareness to the recent shooting of unarmed black man Clark in his grandmother's backyard by Sacramento officers.

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  • After bringing traffic to a near-complete stop on Saturday, March 31 during the protest march in which 61-year old Wanda Cleveland was run down by a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department vehicle, protesters were finally met by a wall of police blocking their way, and a helicopter overhead sending down via megaphone "Clear the traffic immediately. If you remain, you are subject to arrest."

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  • A young activist marches with his father on Florin Road in protest to the Stephon Clark shooting on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Many children and young teens were present and active during the event following the candlelight vigil in south Sacramento.

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  • Protestors completely block traffic heading west on Florin Road during a march for Stephon Clark on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The march continued for almost three hours following a candlelight vigil held in south Sacramento on Saturday night.

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  • Protesters for Stephon Clark set fire to an American flag while occupying the 65th Street and Florin Road intersection on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Activists brought traffic to a standstill in order to raise awareness for the shooting of unarmed black man Clark on March 18.

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  • A protestor stands alongside fellow activists during the march for Stephon Clark along Florin Road on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Many protests held candles and small lights along their journey through the streets of south Sacramento.

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  • Activist Alexander Clark gives a speech during the candlelight vigil in honor of Stephon Clark on the corner of Florin Road and 65th Street on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Clark made the journey from Minneapolis in order to protest alongside Sacramento activists on Saturday night.

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  • Protesters moved in on Sacramento County Sheriff's Department vehicles after bringing traffic to a near-complete stop on the night of Saturday, March 31 2018. The department said the protesters were "yelling while pounding on the vehicles' exterior."

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The Department said protesters had been “yelling while pounding and kicking the vehicles’ exterior” and that the vehicle “sustained scratches, dents, and a shattered rear window.”

“The damage to the vehicle was not a result of the collision involving the pedestrian but was caused by vandals in the crowd,” the Department said.

Protesters began to chant “hit-and-run” after Cleveland was struck.

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The vigil was one of many demonstrations in recent weeks protesting the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old unarmed black man Stephon Clark. Sacramento has seen frequent protests since Clark’s death nearly two weeks ago.

Saturday’s vigil came just one day after the results of an independent autopsy showed Clark had been shot 8 times, with 6 bullets hitting him in his back.

Organizers said in a press release that the vigil would be held outside of the Sheriff’s Department Service Center on Florin Road to hold the Department accountable for its role in Clark’s death, noting that a Department helicopter assisted Sacramento Police officers on the night Clark was killed.

The State Hornet will update this story as more information becomes available.

Update: This article has been updated to include the victim’s name.

Update: This article has been updated to include statements from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Update: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the vehicle as a police vehicle, when in fact, it was a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department vehicle.

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