The California deputy that hit a protester during a Stephon Clark vigil and drove off was likely oblivious to the collision.
Clark was shot by officers who were responding to reports of a person smashing auto windows in South Sacramento.
"While it is the policy of the sheriff's department not to release in-car camera video to the public, this is an exceptional circumstance where much video has already been released and I wanted a full picture to be provided, not just partial", he said. At the time of the shooting, police claimed they thought Clark was armed, but he was actually carrying a cell phone.
The deputy leading the two-car convoy ordered protesers through a loudspeaker to back off. A sheriff's deputy sounded his siren and told the protestors to move. She remains in pain as she recovers at home and says she's angry. "If I did that I'd be charged", Cleveland said at the hospital. She panned the law enforcement agency for hypocrispy after leaving the hospital early Sunday.
Protesters on Saturday surrounded two marked Sacramento County Sheriff's Department patrol cars and began yelling, and pounding and kicking the vehicles, the sheriff's department has said.
The Sacramento Police Department said it would have no further comment until after the release of the findings of an official autopsy by the county coroner, and a review by state and local prosecutors.
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About eight seconds before the collision, a deputy inside the sheriff's SUV could be heard on a loudspeaker repeatedly telling protesters to "back away from my auto". But a protester, named Wanda Cleveland, walked in front of the vehicle was knocked to the ground.
Cleveland, a well-known local activist, then tries to scramble out of the way as the squad vehicle moves slowly forward and is struck a glancing blow.
The incident Saturday night threatens to exacerbate an already tense relationship between police and protesters in California's capital. "Kaiser Permanente fired me without any investigation, and without giving me an opportunity to explain or defend myself". Police initially said he was walking toward officers in a menacing way with an object in his hands - later found to be a cellphone - when he was killed.
"The threat he was facing was from his left side, as you could see clearly from the video".
Jones said his department's intelligence unit has clear evidence that professional, outside agitators were brought in to create chaos Saturday night. "It could be he may have not felt safe to get out of the vehicle".
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Jones alleged that "professionals" had come to the vigil and protest for Stephon Clark, the unarmed Black man fatally shot by police in his grandmother's backyard last month.