A GoFundMe account has been set up for Stephon Clark, 22, who was killed by Sacramento police as he stood in his backyard on Sunday night.
The Sacramento Bee reports that police have confirmed that Clark was holding a cellphone and not a “tool bar” as was initially reported. According to news reports, police responded to south Sacramento at about 9:18 p.m. on Sunday for reports of a thin black male, over six feet tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, was hiding in a backyard. The suspect was reportedly breaking car windows.
Police in a helicopter eventually spotted a black male in a backyard at about 9:25 p.m. They told the officers on the ground that the suspect had just broken a window and ran to the front of the house Clark shared with his grandparents and brother.
Police say Clark ran along the side of the house, located in the 7500 block of 29th Street, instead of complying with their commands to show his hands. Officers claim he came towards them with an object, thought to be a gun, and he was fatally shot.
The officers later claimed that the object Clark was seen with was a tool bar but it turns out it was his cellphone.