At a Sacramento vigil for Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man killed by police last month, the driver of a Sacramento sheriff’s vehicle struck an attendee. Local activist Wanda Cleveland had been marching with other protesters against the wrongful death of Mr. Clark when she was hit by the vehicle, which immediately drove away, leaving Cleveland with bruises on her back and head. Witnesses described the vehicle’s acceleration as violent and “not the way you would move with people around.”
Cleveland told the Sacramento Bee:
He never even stopped. It was a hit and run. If I did that I’d be charged. … It’s disregard for human life.
— Guy Danilowitz (@southafricangd) April 1, 2018
Twitter was disgusted by what seemed like intentional violence on the part of the driver:
Clearly she was trying to run out of the way of the police officer (and towards the curb/cameraman) as he accelerated towards her.
This is unacceptable.
— (@CrazyAquaEmpath) April 1, 2018
So how long is it going to take for this hit-and-run cop to get arrested?
— Cartoon Dave (@DAbstonCartoons) April 1, 2018
Anyone who thinks it's ok to hit, maim, or kill someone simply for being in the middle of the street is a coward and should never be allowed behind the wheel of a vehicle. Ever!
— Dr. Covfefe (@BrokeSaturdays) April 1, 2018
my favorite thing is watching the rising tolerance and unwillingness of people to impugn police even as they break laws they're paid to enforce, even murder on video. Society is an amalgamation of what we're willing to tolerate.
— Bunni, The Reporter (@bunnisays) April 1, 2018
Unfortunately we will probably watch this get excused away.
— Maze (@Mngk) April 1, 2018
This is unreal.
Again….wtf is wrong with people?!?! Smh.
I just dont understand.
— Jenni Hall (@Goodlife78) April 2, 2018
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed the incident, describing it as a “collision.”
The sheriff’s department released this statement earlier this morning. pic.twitter.com/cx1iL7eYxg
— Max Resnik (@KCRAMax) April 1, 2018
The attempts of the sheriff’s office to divert blame enraged Twitter even further:
“Slow speeds”??? They actually sped UP to hit the protester.
— Kimba Fuzz (@kimbafuzz) April 1, 2018
Except the video shown here does not show anyone touching the police car, nor any damage to the vehicle.
— Riley (@DrylyRiley) April 1, 2018
They make it sound like the car was being attacked a la The Walking Dead. Weird that the video does not corroborate that at all. Almost like the cop hit her out of anger at being stopped.
— Radical Bunarchist (@totalbunarchy) April 1, 2018
“Pounding & kicking the vehicles” I must have seen a diff video ♀️
— Stephanie Daye (@TheStableGenuis) April 1, 2018
An independent autopsy revealed that Stephon Clark was shot in the back, sides, and neck. This new information, coupled with the Sacramento incident, has highlighted the comfort many officers seem to feel inflicting harm on citizens they’re sworn to protect.
H/T: Huffington Post