Stephon Clark’s family is hoping an independent investigation will set the record straight.
“We believe the truth is a crucial step into getting justice,” said Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney who is representing the Clark family.
The private autopsy conducted for the family details exactly how many times Clark was shot by police earlier this month.
“Stephon Clark, received 8 bullets,” said forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is known for his research on football-related concussions.
Omalu says Clark was shot seven times from behind. The findings call into question the police department’s assertion that Clark was facing officers during the killing.
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“The proposition that has been presented, that he was assailing to officers, meaning he was facing the officers is inconsistent with the prevailing forensic evidence,” said Omalu.
Disturbing body camera video shows the moments before and after the shooting outside Clark’s grandmother’s house. Police believe Clark was breaking into cars and say they mistook Clark’s cellphone for a gun.
“I think it speaks volumes to what cover-up and what corruption is actually in our police department,” said Berry Accius, a community activist.
They’re demanding that the officers involved be fired and held accountable.
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