‘It was like he was killed again’: Stephon Clark’s family speaks out

Stevante announces weekend-long Stephon Clark legacy celebration


Reanna Simmons - The State Hornet

Stevante Clark, Stephon Clark’s brother, speaks on behalf of his family at a press conference being held at at Genesis Church on Sunday. Stevante announced a weekend-long Stephon Clark legacy celebration that will feature brunches, socials and community ceremonies.

The Clark family held a press conference Sunday in response to the decision not to file charges against the officers who shot and killed unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark in 2018.

The family held a previous conference on Saturday directly following the district attorney’s announcement, where Clark’s mother SeQuette said their family was outraged by the decision.

Clark’s older brother Stevante Clark and Senior Pastor Tecoy Porter Sr. both spoke at Sunday’s conference at Genesis Church in Meadowview at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Porter opened the press conference by saying he thought the way Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert presented details of the investigation — including Clark’s text message exchanges and internet search history —  was a “shameful presentation of the highly personal information of Stephon Clark in the attempt to justify the murderous actions of these officers.”

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“Not only does her decision adversely impact the Clark family but also our beloved Meadowview community and other communities of color who deal with over-policing every day by not addressing the overt racism appearing in the practice of those sworn to protect us,” Porter said.

Porter suggested the community must acknowledge systemic issues and support legislation that will reform broken systems.

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When Stevante took to the podium, he announced that there will be a weekend-long celebration held to honor Clark’s life. The Stephon Clark legacy weekend will be held from March 15-18 and will feature a mothers’ brunch, teen summit and a day of remembrance.

Stevante said he plans to lobby for AB 392 — a bill written to encourage law enforcement agents to explore alternative methods in situations that may allow for fatal responses — during the legacy weekend.

“I wanted the legacy weekend to be non-political, but I think any way to prevent anything like this happening to any one of our sons or grandsons, it’s the right thing to do,” Stevante said.

Stevante also announced that the Clarks will join Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and called Sharpton a “part of the family.”

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Stevante said the family has experienced a great amount of stress from Schubert’s decision to release Clark’s personal text messages and internet search history.

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“I think it’s just a way to portray Stephon in a negative image and cover themselves,” Stevante said. “The way that everything was drawn out yesterday, it was inappropriate, it was disrespectful and it’s just unacceptable.”

The Clark family was issued no warning about Clark’s text messages and internet search being released to the public, Stevante said.

“It hurt the whole family,” Stevante said. “Stephon, it was like he was killed again.”

Reanna Simmons and Brittney Delgado contributed to this report.