Sheriff's vehicle hits woman at Stephon Clark protest, then drives away

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A protester was reportedly hit by a Sacramento sheriff's deputy's vehicle during a rally in Sacramento over the shooting death of Stephon Clark Saturday night.

Video of the collision shows a crowd converge on a sheriff's vehicle before the deputy steps on the gas, subsequently striking a female protester.

The Sacramento Bee and The State Hornet newspapers identified the woman as 61-year-old Wanda Cleveland. "So only if the facts support an actual hit-and-run would that be concluded by the CHP".

"Back away from my vehicle", a deputy said into a loudspeaker before moving through the crowd and driving away.

He doesn't believe the dashcam videos are public record but allowed the credentialed press to view it Monday afternoon because of the "high public interest". He also said the shooting showed a pattern of "brutalization of African-Americans by law enforcement". A member of the Guild, who observed the protest firsthand, said the vehicle "accelerated rapidly" as it struck Cleveland.

"I think that the mayor along with the police chief [of Sacramento] did something in California that other chiefs and mayors need to do", the Rev. Shane Harris, who leads the San Diego chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, said, according to the Washington Post. She said the patrol vehicle was accelerating and "never even stopped" before hitting her.

'It appears from all evidence that he hit her intentionally. "The [deputy] drove away from an injured woman intentionally".

Jones has created "suspicion and lack of trust about his department", Reichel said in an interview. Reichel rejects any claims that Cleveland is a "paid protester". "She fell to the ground and the deputies then sped off".

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department released a statement that said, "As protesters approached both of the marked vehicles, they began yelling while pounding and kicking the vehicles' exterior". Around 15 seconds after impact, the video picks up the sounds of the cruiser's back window being smashed in.

Barnes, who grew up in the Sacramento area and has 9-year-old twins sons, told the crowd he was starting a scholarship fund for Clark's two sons. "There's fear on the part of the officers". "So of course I think they will have to deal with it and that's the worst fear ever".

The Sacramento Police Department released body cam video footage of the incident.

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.

Attorneys for Clark's family said at a news conference Friday that the autopsy results contradict the account of the shooting presented by Sacramento police.

Saturday's march was organized by the Sacramento Black Lives Matter chapter. They have urged the firing of the two officers involved, who have been put on administrative leave.