It is deeply painful to watch the brother of murder victim, Stephon Clark trying to explain why Stephon was in his grandmother’s backyard and what he was doing there (March 18, Sacramento, CA). Because of the way the media frames the murder, it places the burden of justification on the victim’s family. “What was he doing in his grandmother’s backyard?”
A WNPR reporter, shortly after the news of this murder became national, explained that the police shot Clark after they unsuccessfully “were trying to stop him.” “Trying to stop him” from what? From being in his grandmother’s back yard?
Then, after not being able “to stop him” from being in his grandmother’s backyard, Clark drew a cell phone on the six officers. Any time you walk down the street, literally everyone walking on the sidewalk is multi-tasking — everyone is looking at their cell phones. By the logic of this oft repeated reason for murdering an unarmed Black man, it would therefore be justifiable, after having been called to a disturbance anywhere, to machine-gun down everyone on the side walk for having the temerity to pull out their cell phones.
Within seconds of opening fire, the police had shot Stephon 20 times. It must be established that, in defense against his cell phone, they were using automatic weapons. You cannot get off 20 shots in a few seconds from anything but an automatic weapon. The public, and especially Black men, need to be aware that anytime you consider taking on the police with your cell phone, the likelihood is that you will be facing machine-gun fire.
The next element of the case for justifiable homicide comes when the superior officer on the scene orders others to mute their body cameras in a transparent attempt to secretly coordinate their story. By taking out the voices of the murderers it provides less evidence for murder. Less evidence for murder equals more evidence for justifiable homicide in the mass incarceration system.
Finally, after riddling his body with bullets, the police took every safety precaution, handcuffing the dead young man. Once having him safely handcuffed — he was dead before they performed this safety measure — they then performed CPR. CPR generally has little effect on dead people.
Have you ever wondered why no Black man survives the experience of being target practice for White police? First, let us establish that this is not a conspiracy. President Trump did not issue an order to all police departments to the effect that “When gunning down an unarmed Black man, make certain that he is dead.” It is not a conspiracy. It is simply taken for granted. No police, after gunning down, for no cause, an unarmed Black man, wants this man to be able to appear in front of any other humans as a human himself. None of these Black men are ever able to explain, “Well, I was in my grandmother’s backyard. The next thing I know the army invades and riddles my body with 20 bullets.” No Black man ever gets to survive one of these attacks. That it is not a conspiracy proves that it is basic to the culture of the United States: “When shooting, unprovoked, an unarmed Black man, make certain the nigger is dead.” Such which makes the case for justifiable homicide easier to argue.