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Private Autopsy Shows Stephon Clark Was Shot From Behind Several Times

Private Autopsy Shows Stephon Clark Was Shot From Behind Several Times

Omalu said he found a total of eight gunshot wounds on Clark's body. More protests have been called.

Omalu announced his findings amid continuing public anger over Clark's death.

The autopsy was released a day after an emotional funeral service.

Police had previously said officers fired 20 shots at Clark on the evening of March 18, when they responded to a 911 call about a man who was breaking vehicle windows.

The helicopter video shows the two officers at the corner of Clark's grandmother's house and Clark on the backyard patio. Clark staggers sideways and falls on his stomach as officers continue shooting.

A day after the March 18 shooting, police distributed a press release that said the officers who shot Clark "saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark at a White House briefing on Wednesday.

The officers said they shot Clark because they believed he was pointing a gun at them, but investigators only found a cell phone near his body, according to police.

"The proposition that he was facing the officers is inconsistent with the prevailing forensic evidence", Omalu told a news conference in Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has not publicly released Clark's autopsy results, but did confirm that he died of multiple gunshot wounds. "From the time this investigation began, statements provided by the Sacramento Police Department have proven to be self-serving, untrustworthy, and unreliable". The county coroner's office did not respond to messages seeking details on Clark's autopsy or its findings earlier Friday.

Omalu said any of the six bullets that hit Clark in the back and one in the neck could have been the fatal shot.

Omalu's news conference served as a grim reminder of the devastation gunfire can wreak upon the human body. Another injured his spinal cord; others "perforated" his chest cavity and lungs, he said.

He said that he could not determine if Mr. Clark would have survived if he had received medical attention more quickly, but "every minute you wait decreases probability of survival".

"The remainder shots were IN HIS BACK!"

At the Kings' next game, players from both the Boston Celtics and the Kings wore black warm-up T-shirts with Stephon Clark's name. It is dark and the body cameras briefly show the backyard with portions illuminated by the officers' flashlights, but Clark is not clearly visible in the body camera videos.

Protesters chant slogans during a march downtown after the funeral of police shooting victim Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 29, 2018.

Sgt. Vince Chandler said officers would be ready to respond in protective gear, according to The Sacramento Bee. Protesters have taken to the streets almost every day to call attention to his killing and have called on the city's leadership to fire the two officers involved in the shooting.

California's attorney general and the police department are conducting an investigation into what happened that night.

Cousin Suzette Clark said the family wants Stephon Clark remembered as "more than just a hashtag". "We are going to make Donald Trump and the whole world deal with the issue of police misconduct".

"Our city is at a critical point right now, and I believe this will. help build faith and confidence in the investigation from our community", Hahn said.

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