Coroner slams independent Stephon Clark autopsy as 'erroneous'

Results of the official autopsy for Stephon Clark released on Tuesday produced dueling narratives for how the unarmed Sacramento man was shot and killed by police.

Sacramento County coroner Kimberly Gin slammed the independent autopsy requested by Clark’s family as “erroneous,” citing a pathologist she tapped to fact-check the findings.

Dr. Bennet Omalu suggested in March officers shot Clark six times from behind in his grandmother’s backyard, while the official post-mortem suggests he mistook an exit wound in the thigh for an eighth entry wound.

The alleged error would mean 22-year-old Clark was shot at least once while facing the officers that confronted him, according to Dr. Gregory Reiber, who reviewed the autopsy results for Gin.

Reiber believes a gunshot wound to the thigh “most likely” came from the front, the Sacramento Bee reported, while the rest of the entry points were from behind.

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 Stephon Clark, 22, was killed in a fatal officer involved shooting in California in March 2018.

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Police helicopter and body camera footage was released of the shooting.


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SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: Sequita Thompson, (L) grandmother of Stephon Clark who was shot and killed by Sacramento police, cries as she speaks during a news conference with civil rights attorney Ben Crump (R) on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, have hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Police helicopter and body camera footage was released of the shooting.

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Candles light a sidewalk memorial to Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: A woman cries as civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks during a news conference at Sacramento City Hall on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, has hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators gather to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: Tanya Faison (L) with Black Lives Matter of Sacramento yells at a man who had confronted her before the start of a news conference with Civil rights attorney Ben Crump at Sacramento City Hall on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, have hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: Sequita Thompson, (C) grandmother of Stephon Clark who was shot and killed by Sacramento police, cries during a news conference with civil rights attorney Ben Crump on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, have hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Deonnah Conway holds candles during a protest over the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Tami Collins, shows a placard protesting the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police, during a demonstration in Sacramento, California, U.S., March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sharon Bernstein
The house where police shooting victim Stephon Clark was slain is seen in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Jayden Sherman (R) and David Massey hold candles during a vigil to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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Demonstrators gather to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Demonstrators hold candles during a vigil to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Demonstrators hold candles during a vigil to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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Gin shared Reiber’s findings in a letter to the Sacramento Police Department on Friday.

Her letter states she had at least three more doctors review the autopsy, which was conducted by Dr. Keng-Chin Su two days after Clark’s death.

All the doctors agreed with Su’s findings, Gin wrote.

Omalu on Tuesday questioned Gin’s use of an outside doctor to prove him wrong.

"I find it extremely unusual that an outside doctor is reviewing an autopsy report,” Omalu told the Bee.

“A doctor cannot say another doctor is wrong. All you can say is, I don’t agree with the opinion of that doctor,” he said.

The toxicology findings also show Clark was legally drunk and had traces of marijuana, cocaine and codeine in his system at the time of his death.

Police searching for a neighborhood vandal mistook a cell phone that Clark was holding for a firearm and shot him during the fatal March 18 encounter.

Omalu’s findings shared at a stunning press conference vastly contradicted the police version of events and fired up another round of outrage-fueled protests in the California capital.

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SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: A Black Lives Matter protester confronts a California Highway Patrol officer during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters confront a line of California Highway Patrol officers during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: California Highway Patrol officers block an entrance to Interstate 5 as Black Lives Matter protesters march nearby on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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