The Stephon Clark Police Report

On March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed in Sacramento by two police officers who thought Clark was holding a gun. A later investigation showed that Clark was holding a cell phone, not a gun.

The police report has been released and can be read here: https://cbssacramento.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/stephon-clark-police-report.pdf

It is an exceptionally well written report. Sentences are objective. There’s practically no jargon. The officer used everyday words – I, me, we, he, house, and so on:

“I continued my infrared camera search and located a subject standing at what appeared to be a glass door or window in the backyard of XXXX 29th Street.”

“I activated our onboard video recorder and continued my observations.”

My only gripe is that the officer kept using advised instead of said or told. (Please, please – save advise for when you actually give advice!)

Since the shooting and the release of video footage, there have been questions about what happened. You can view the video and read more information at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Stephon_Clark.

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