After Stevante Clark, the mayor of Sacramento, wanted to exclaim the mayor of Darrell Steinberg, he said he sincerely apologized for his behavior.
SACRAMENTO – The screams of justice that roar from the walls of the prosecutor's office echoed in places like Missouri, Minnesota, and New York, in other states where black men died at the hands of the police.
Name! "Went the song "Stephon Clark!" Came the answer over and over again, as a multiracial crowd of demonstrators with "Convict Cop Killer" signs put out their trouble on Thursday.
But while the volatile scene embarrassed likeness after Michael's death Brown harbors Missouri, Philadelphia in Saint Paul and Eric Garner on Staten Island, there is hope among some residents here that the assassination of 22-year-old Clark by two policemen On 18 March, it will bring about changes that can serve as a role model for the nation.
"It may be up to us to influence change, and we can do it because we are basically a very diverse, integrated community," says Joany Titherington, president of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, in which a large part the African-American population of the city.
"We have black, brown and white people all living side by side, which is a police training theme where people shoot first and ask questions later," She says. "It's a systemic problem that national politicians do not seem to care about, though no city in America is immune to it."
Clark's death is far from the first police interaction to become tragic, as the local chapter of Black Lives Matter lists a dozen violent encounters last year alone.
But it's a death that so outraged people that they stormed city councils and blocked entry portals to Sacramento King's games.
Much of this uproar stems from the fact that these authorities were on the hunt for alleged vandalism when a police helicopter spotted a man with a tool-board in his hand. When the two policemen reached the suspect on foot, they found Clark with an object in his hand.
By stating that they feared for their safety, each officer fired 10 shots in Clark. The object turned out to be his cell phone.
The White House's Attitude Sweeps
Thursday began with a peaceful funeral for Clark, whose national significance was hammered home during a laudation by Pastor Al Sharpton. Sharpton Cursed President Trump
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The Reverend Al Sharpton talks to the media after the funeral of Stephon Clark at Boss Church on Thursday. [Photo: JOHN HEFTI / USA TODAY SPORTS]
Local hero and former NBA star Matt Barnes told the youthful crowd to "be strong, you are the future."
Barnes, as the father of two young boys, said he feared for his life in the hands of police officers. But he encouraged the fight to continue: "When children start talking, adults stop listening."
Chet Hewitt, a health administrator who co-founded Build. Black. After the shootout as an umbrella organization to bring about change, he says he understands the frustration "not just of blacks and not just of young people". He added that a cross-section of Sacramento residents supports the African-American community
But ultimately, he said, local change must be driven by local leaders.
"Our role as a community is to support the Clark family, to ensure that justice is covered, and to protect the various organizations. Working for solutions has a common ground to help people," says Hewitt, CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation.
"It means improvements to workplaces and schools, the reopening of community centers, and the relocation of roads," he said. "Sacramento is experiencing a renaissance, but this rising tide has made all boats swim."
The feeling that change must come from within is an obvious lack of national leadership in the issue of race.  White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Thursday that Clark shooting was a "local affair", an assessment that was outraged by Cedric Richmond, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
"In many countries, unarmed blacks are killed by the police with enough frequency to investigate at the federal level," he said in a statement.
This feeling was repeated by Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP.
"It's a national problem, it's what we've seen in Ferguson, Charlotte, New York and now in Sacramento," he told USA TODAY. "Until law enforcement appreciates the lives of African Americans as much as others, we will continue to have this problem."
New Chief of Police Brings Hope
Sacramentans, offended by the Clark killing, take some comfort that the city has recently appointed its first African American police chief, Daniel Hahn.
Hahn, described by a retired police captain from Sacramento in a recent profile as "Our Barack Obama," grew up in a district in southern Sacramento on the Afro-Americans of the city, which make up 14% of the city's 500,000 inhabitants.
Whites, Hispanics and Asians represent the rest of the city in almost equal proportions. In downtown, this mix is evident as multi-ethnic groups gather for lunch in leafy parks. The most visible problem seems to be homelessness, with small camps scattered all over the city.
While Hahn's ethnicity hopes those seeking solutions to debilitating police issues, the problem is too tight to be fixed overnight, says Michael Blair, a longtime community activist in the neighborhood of Oak Park
"A black one Having a police chief might be a relief, but the truth is that it will take some time to solve those problems, "says Blair. "If you as a policeman are afraid of black children, if we're just strangers, then on both sides it's just an interaction where people just fight to survive, at any cost." SACRAMENTO, MARCH 29: Stevante Clark, Center ” width=”540″ height=”405″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
SACRAMENTO, CA – MARCH 29: Stevante Clark, center right, speaks during the memorial service for Stephon Clark at the Bayside of the South Sacramento Church on March 29, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Clark, who was unarmed, was shot dead by police in Sacramento on Sunday, March 18, 2018. [Photo: JEFF CHIU / POOL VIA GETTY IMAGES]