Police in Sacramento waited more than five critical minutes to help Stephon Clark, opting to watch him with their guns drawn as he laid lifeless in his grandmother’s backyard.
It took another minute to handcuff the 22-year-old after he was shot repeatedly in the back during the March 18 police shooting, according to newly released trove of police video Monday.
An officer began pumping Clark’s chest at around 9:33 p.m. and urged him to “wake up” and “breathe for me.” The cop continued administering CPR for two more minutes until a Sacramento firefighter could take over.
“Yeah, he’s gone. Totally flat,” the medic can be heard saying in the video before marking Clark’s time of death at 9:42 p.m.
More than 50 videos from body and dash cameras released by the Sacramento Police Department on Monday offer new angles into the shooting that sparked weeks of unrest and heartbreak in the California capitol.
Police Chief Daniel Hahn pledged during last week’s city council meeting to release the videos. He announced officers would no longer be allowed to mute their body cameras in most circumstances.
The new cache shows more than a dozen instances where officers muted their cameras during conversations with their colleagues.
Among the videos was a previously unheard 911 call from a man telling dispatchers he heard someone banging on a window in his backyard.
“I don’t know what’s going on. I can’t get out of bed to see,” the man told a dispatcher.
A woman in the background could be heard explaining that the caller was unable to get out of bed because he had “no legs.”
The Associated Press reports the man was believed to be Clark’s grandfather Tommy Thompson, who relatives said lost his legs due to complications from diabetes.
The dispatcher urged the caller to stay inside, without explaining that officers were investigating the fatal shooting.
Sequita Thompson, Clark’s grandmother, believes Clark may have been in the backyard knocking on the window in an attempt to be let inside.
Police believed Clark was armed with a handgun when he was shot. The supposed gun turned out to be a cell phone.
With News Wire Services