Updated: February 26, 2021
An autopsy by a Nigerian-American doctor released on Friday revealed that Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old father of two who was unarmed when he was fatally shot by police in California earlier this month, was hit eight times, mainly in the back.
Dr. Bennet Omalu told reporters after a three-hour autopsy that six of the bullets hit Clark directly in the back. A seventh bullet landed in the side of his back while an eighth bullet hit him in the arm.
“You could reasonably conclude that he received seven gunshot wounds from his back,” Omalu said.
Dr. Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu is a Nigerian-American physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist. He was the first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players while working at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office in Pittsburgh.
The brutal killing happened on March 18 when two Sacramento Police officers, who were responding to reports of someone smashing car windows in Clark’s neighborhood, opened fire on Clark outside his home. They shot him 20 times, claiming they feared he had a gun. It turned out that what they reportedly thought was a gun was actually a cell phone.
Lawyers for Clark’s family held a press conference Friday to announce the findings of a private autopsy of another black man shot dead by “mistake”.
“Death took three to 10 minutes,” Omalu estimated. “It was not an instantaneous death.”
According to Huffington Post, the SPD said in a statement that it has not yet received an official autopsy report from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Officer so could not comment.
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