April 3, 2018: LOS ANGELES TIMES: State senators condemn fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark
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Lawmakers' tempers flared Monday as the California Senate adjourned in memory of Stephon Clark, an unarmed African American man who was shot to death by Sacramento police officers on March 18.
Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) denounced the shooting, saying Clark did not get a day in court "because the police chose to be judge, jury and executioner."
Bradford, who is black, said the shooting was part of a pattern of "brutalization of African Americans by law enforcement."
Clark was shot dead in his grandmother's backyard as two officers pursued reports of a vandal in his neighborhood. The shooting has led to demonstrations in Sacramento and condemnation from civil rights leaders across the country.
Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), who is black, said "race matters" when it comes to the treatment of the public by the police.
"We clearly have a big problem here in America," added Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento).
Republican Sen. Ted Gaines of Rocklin said change is needed in police policies, adding "clearly something went wrong" in the outcome of the police response. Several lawmakers are introducing legislation in response to the Clark shooting.