OPINION: Stephon Clark’s killers weren’t charged. What happens next?

The State Hornet

It’s been nearly a year since the murder of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was gunned down by two Sacramento Police Department officers in his grandmother’s backyard. Since his death on March 18, 2018, the two officers who fatally shot Clark — Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet — were the center of an investigation into whether they should be criminally charged.
In an unsurprising move, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced Saturday that Mercadal and Robinet would not face criminal charges.
With an increase in the attention being given to African-Americans being shot by the police, like the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown, most court systems rarely hold the police accountable for their actions. The verdict repeats itself and I have become used to seeing those who are wrongfully shot not receive any justice at all.
After a while, it becomes expected and repetitious.
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During the announcement Saturday, Schubert brought up Clark’s criminal record, domestic issues and internet history prior to the shooting, and used it as an indirect way to justify his death.
Clark’s toxicology report also showed a variety of drugs in his system, which included alcohol, Xanax, codeine, hydrocodone, marijuana and cocaine metabolite.
What is the relevancy? Whatever he was doing or had done prior to the shooting has a zilch of pertinence as to why he was shot. Bringing up his past only smeared his image, making it seem acceptable for people who are struggling with criminal records or substance abuse to be gunned down.
In line with Schubert’s decision, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday he will not file criminal charges against Robinet and Mercadal.
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