Stephon Clark Settlement: Children Of Man Killed By Sacramento Police Will Get $2.4M

Written by Ann Brown

Stephon Clark was fatally shot last year by Sacramento police. Now the city has agreed to pay $2.4 million to the two sons of the unarmed Black man.

“Most of the money will be placed into a trust for Clark’s boys, now 5 and 2 years old, who will be able to access it tax-free over three years starting when each turns 22,” CNN reported. About a quarter of the money will be paid to attorneys, including the firm of high-profile civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump. “Each child will get $893,113 after attorney’s fees,” ABC News 10 reported. reported.

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On March 28, 2018 Clark was shot seven times in his grandparents’ backyard by two Sacramento officers responding to a report that a man had broken car windows and was hiding in a backyard, according to authorities.

In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Salena Manni, whose fiance, Stephon Clark, was shot to death by Sacramento police in 2018, holds one of the couple’s sons, Aiden, as she and Clark’s uncle Curtis Gordon attend a rally in Clark’s memory and calling for police reform in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, that the city of Sacramento will pay $2.4 million to the sons of Clark, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by two Sacramento police officers in the backyard of his grandparents’ home. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The officers claimed Clark was pointing a gun at them. It was later determined Clark was unarmed and was only carrying a cell phone. Yet the officers were not charged and this prompted protests in the community.

“They executed my son,” Clark’s mother, SeQuette Clark, said of the officers at that time. “They executed him in my mom’s backyard, and it’s not right.”

In January, Clark’s family filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the officers involved in the March 2018 shooting. The suit was filed on behalf of Clark’s two sons, his parents, and his grandparents.