SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Attorney Benjamin Crump has released an independent autopsy done on Stephon Clark, claiming that the results contradict the police narrative of the shooting.
Dr. Bennet Omalu says the report that Clark was facing officers is inconsistent with the forensic autopsy report.
“During the entire interaction, he had his back to the officers, not his front,” Omalu said.
Speaking at the Friday press conference, Omalu revealed that the autopsy showed Clark was hit a total of eight times. Of those wounds, six entered Clark through his back, Omalu said.
Omalu went through a rundown of the wounds, noting that the only gunshot wound to the front of the body entered through Clark’s leg. Omalu says the gunshot wound to the leg happened when Clark was either falling to or on the ground.
Omalu, who is known for his work on CTE in football players (as chronicled in the 2015 film “Concussion”), also said Clark’s death was “not instantaneous” and took about three to ten minutes.
Each bullet could have independently caused a fatal injury, Omalu said.
The Sacramento Police Department released the following statement in response to the independent autopsy:
“The Sacramento Police Department has not been provided with the official report from the Sacramento County Coroner’s office in the case of Stephan Clark. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office conducts an independent death investigation that is separate from the joint investigation being conducted by our agency and the California Department of Justice.
Further comment by the Sacramento Police Department prior to the release of the Coroner’s report along with the official review by the Sacramento County District Attorney and the California Department of Justice would be inappropriate at this time. We acknowledge the importance of this case to all in our community and we are committed to a thorough and comprehensive investigation.”
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg also released a statement following the release of the independent autopsy:
“From the moment we saw the video we knew the details of this horrific shooting were graphic and disturbing. We have an obligation to everyone involved, including the family of Stephon Clark, to wait for the full findings and results from the official autopsy and investigation. As the Mayor of our city, I assure the community and the public that we will aggressively seek answers to all of the questions the community is rightfully asking. As important, we will aggressively seek appropriate change to the protocols and training that led to this unacceptable outcome.
From the bottom of my heart, I urge our entire community to work together through nonviolent civil action as we pursue justice and demand reform.”
Black Lives Matter’s Sacramento is planning a protest starting at 8 p.m. Friday in reaction to the autopsy.