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Unsettling Video Shows Sacremento Sheriff's Vehicle Slamming Into Activist At Stephon Clark Protest

Unsettling Video Shows Sacremento Sheriff's Vehicle Slamming Into Activist At Stephon Clark Protest
Updated 2 months ago

At a Sacramento vigil for Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man killed by police last month, the driver of a Sacramento sheriff's vehicle struck an attendee. Local activist Wanda Cleveland had been marching with other protesters against the wrongful death of Mr. Clark when she was hit by the vehicle, which immediately drove away, leaving Cleveland with bruises on her back and head. Witnesses described the vehicle's acceleration as violent and "not the way you would move with people around."

Cleveland told the Sacramento Bee:

He never even stopped. It was a hit and run. If I did that I’d be charged. ... It’s disregard for human life.

Twitter was disgusted by what seemed like intentional violence on the part of the driver:

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office later confirmed the incident, describing it as a "collision." 

The attempts of the sheriff's office to divert blame enraged Twitter even further:

An independent autopsy revealed that Stephon Clark was shot in the back, sides, and neck. This new information, coupled with the Sacramento incident, has highlighted the comfort many officers seem to feel inflicting harm on citizens they're sworn to protect.