Donations flood to Sacramento County District Attorney challenger after Stephon Clark autopsy

In the four days since Dr. Bennet Omalu released autopsy findings of the unarmed Black man shot by Sacramento police last month, the progressive challenger in the Sacramento County District Attorney race has received $30,500 in political donations.

An independent autopsy Friday revealed that 22-year-old resident Stephon Clark was shot eight times–six in the back–in his grandmother’s backyard after two Sacramento Police Department officers mistook his cellphone for a gun on Sunday, March 18. Since Dr. Omalu’s report, county records show D.A. challenger Noah Phillips received the following contributions:

  • $13,000 – Real Justice Federal PAC
  • $11,500 – War on Walls Studio
  • $5,000 – Azzie Youssefi
  • $1,000 – Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento

The top two contributors include Sacramento artist David Garibaldi’s studio based in downtown’s R Street Corridor, and the national-level super PAC co-founded by civil rights activist Shaun King.

King brought national attention to the race late last week when he reported on Twitter that incumbent Anne Marie Schubert had received political donations from state and county police lobbying groups just days after officers killed the unarmed Black man.

Public records show that incumbent Anne Marie Schubert received $10,000 from the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association on March 20, two days after Clark’s death. Three days later, the Sacramento County Alliance of Law Enforcement gave her $3,000.

King’s super PAC responded on March 27 with a $1,467.54 contribution to Phillips. This was before their larger April 2 donation.

With daily protests in the streets of Sacramento and global news coverage in the wake of Clark’s death, the district attorney’s race has garnered national attention. A primary is set for June 5, 2018.


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Dave Kempa is the founder and editor of VOICES: River City.