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Will outrage over the police killing of Stephon Clark spur real reform?

Tony Webster


On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot eight times by Sacramento police officers during a confrontation on March 18.

According to the Guardian, black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement in 2016. We've done several shows about why young men of color are disproportionately killed by police. What will it take to seriously deal with these killings? When will officers who kill unarmed civilians face consequences?


Berry Accius, community activist in Sacramento who founded The Voice of the Youth, a group that mentors at-risk youth struggling with schools, their peers, or their families


Adriana Camarena, a San Francisco based activist with the family of police shooting victims Luis Gongora Pat and the Justice4Luis group and associated art exhibition


Neill Franklin, executive director of the law enforcement reform group Law Enforcement Action Partnership and a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police departments

Web Resources:

Washington Post: Sacramento sheriff’s vehicle hits woman during Stephon Clark protest and drives away, video shows

LA TImes: ‘Nothing seems to change’: In the wake of Stephon Clark killing, a demand for police reform

Sacramento Bee: Police fired 20 times at south Sacramento man fatally shot while holding a cellphone

Democracy Now: Why Are So Many Unarmed Black People Being Killed by Police? Sacramento Activist Speaks Out

48Hills: Special Report: Ed Lee’s police legacy

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.