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Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen.

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  • Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead
  • The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry; the problem is that more aren’t.
  • Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.
  • This Didn't Have to Happen.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead, A Eulogy For Stephon Clark

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Omar Suleiman

The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry, the problem is that more aren’t.

Omar Suleiman, Huffington Post

Adapted from remarks delivered at Stephon Clark’s funeral, March 29, in Sacramento, California.

03/31/2018 11:30 In the aftermath of the violent shooting death of Stephon Clark, I ― like many of you ― felt the same pain and outrage that I felt after the unwarranted murders of so many others. Some time after, I learned that Stephon was a Muslim. But as Malcolm said, black people aren’t brutalized in this country because they’re Baptist, Methodist, Muslim or Catholic, but because they’re black people in America.

We cannot bring Stephon back from the dead, but we can make sure that his death is not in vain, that his family is loved and properly cared for, that justice is properly served, and that his memory is not slain as well.

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5abf91952000001a00eb3873.png?ops=100_100 Omar Suleiman, Guest Writer, Huffington Post, is an American Muslim Scholar and Civil Rights Leader. He is the president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and a Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University.

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Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.

This didn’t have to happen.

Les Simmons, Huffington Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stephon%20Clark.jpg03/22/2018 | Twenty times. Sacramento Police officers shot Stephon Clark, a young black man, 20 times on Sunday night in his own backyard, while his grandparents and little sister sat inside the house.

This didn’t have to happen.

The first reports from California described a black man with a “tool bar” who had been breaking into cars. Footage of the incident doesn’t show this, but picks up with officers chasing Clark into his own back yard where they shouted “gun.” Except it was a cell phone – there was no gun. Opening fire, they killed Stephon, a 22-year-old father of two.

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5ab3cb4a1e000056107af6e7.png?ops=100_100 Les Simmons, Guest Writer, Huffington Post, is a pastor at South Sacramento Christian Center and director of the Simmons Center and Valley Hi Black Child Legacy Campaign. He is a board member of Sacramento ACT, part of the PICO California network working with Live Free on the H.E.A.T. strategy to build mutual trust between community and law enforcement.

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