Sacramento Sheriff’s Hit and Run at Stephon Clark’s Vigil

by Myra E.

During a protest held against the police shooting of Stephon Clark, a Sacramento County Sheriff was involved in a hit and run accident on Saturday night. 

Video footage captured at the vigil showed activist, Wanda Cleveland, falling to the street after being hit by the Sheriff’s vehicle head on.

Wanda Cleveland at a protest held against the police shooting of Stephon Clark. Source: Channel 10 News

Wanda (right) seen being hit by the Sheriff’s car. Source: YouTube

According to witnesses, the Sheriff’s vehicle fled the scene after it collided with the protestor. A Sacramento Metro Fire Department crew arrived later to pick up the fallen victim, who had sustained multiple injuries.

Fire Department personnel lifting Wanda into the ambulance on a stretcher. Source: Channel 10 News

The vigil held on Saturday night was for Stephon Clark, the unarmed African-American man who was shot by police officers on March 18.

Ambulance arrived at the scene after the patrol vehicle fled without stopping. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Protesters stand outside of council chambers during a special city council meeting at Sacramento City Hall on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The incident, which took place around 8:40 PM, was captured on camera by Guy Danilowitz of the National Lawyer’s Guild and the footage was released by Channel 10.

“He never even stopped, it was a hit and run,” Wanda told the Bee reporter.

Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, disrupts a special city council meeting at Sacramento City Hall on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In a statement released by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department, Sheriff’s Spokesperson, Sergeant Shaun Hampton, said that the “patrol vehicle was traveling at slow speeds” when the incident took place.

Black Lives Matter protesters use candles to spell out “Zoe” during a demonstration on March 23, 2018 in Sacramento, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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. A (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

However, the statement failed to address why the Sheriff in question did not stop his vehicle after it hit the protestor. Hampton also added that protestors were “pounding and kicking” the two police cars patrolling the area, due to which their vehicles sustained “scratches, dents and a shattered rear window”.

Two officers of the Sacramento police department shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, in the backyard of his grandmother’s house following a foot pursuit on Sunday evening. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Highway patrol car seen at a protest against the police shooting of Stephon Clark. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cleveland told newspapers that when the first police vehicle entered the area and requested protestors to “back away from the vehicle”, she started to move towards the curb. Due to her arthritis and weak knees, she was moving slowly when she got hit by the second vehicle, which made no such requests.

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 credit: GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheriff’s department is claiming that the vehicle that hit Wanda was travelling at a slow speed. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Cleveland is a prominent social activist in Sacramento and regularly attends City Council meetings. “She does what she can to always make sure she gives back to the community,” her friend Ashley Crabtree told the Sacramento Bee.

Wanda was moving away from the patrol vehicles slowly, due to her arthritis. Source: Facebook

Wanda pictured volunteering at a city event. Source: Facebook

Wanda pictured with friends. Source: Facebook

Sacramento Bee reported that Wanda was released from the hospital on Sunday morning and is recovering, at home. She had sustained multiple bruises on her arm and the back of her head.



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