Man Regrets Calling Police After They Shoot Unarmed Man

Alfred Osborne
April 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A neighbor said he regrets making the 911 call that preceded the fatal shooting by Sacramento police of an unarmed black man in his grandparents' backyard.

"This is a historical day in Sacramento and for the City Council and what they do today will determine their career in Sacramento as they represent", Sidqe said. "The temporary order specifically addresses when the body-worn camera can be muted and how officers must go about doing that".

Hahn says the department is also giving new officers training in avoiding implicit racial bias.

Police can turn off their body cams if they are dealing with a victim of sexual assault, if they are speaking to a medical professional, if someone refuses to provide a statement on camera, or if their supervisor instructs them to turn it off.

"Anytime an officer deactivates or mutes their camera, they must now audibly record on that camera the reason for deactivation and muting before ever muting it", Hahn said.

Two Sacramento officers who shot Clark, 22, were responding to a report that a man had broken auto windows and was hiding in a backyard, police said. Police commission member Mario Guerrero said he is "hoping we really take a look at that policy". Officers investigating reports of someone breaking auto windows encountered Clark in his grandmother's back yard and opened fire after apparently mistaking his cell phone for a weapon.

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The only thing recovered by Clark's body was a cellphone.

Police said the officers in the shooting, who have not been formally identified by the department because of threats, feared Clark was pointing a gun at them when they found him minutes after arriving to the street.

"He busted two of my windows in and he broke the car's window across the street from me", Reiling is heard saying in a recording released by police along with body camera video three days after the shooting.

California's attorney general and the police department are conducting an investigation into what happened that night. Hahn said the department plans to release the remaining footage by the end of this week.

Sidqe said for years they've wanted to start the conversation.

"It's an opportunity for the council and the community to ask all the questions that need to be asked and for us, with the chief, to define a reasonable time frame going forward (to make changes to department policies)", the mayor said Monday.

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