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FEATURING JOSEPH WILLIAMS – Ten days after he was killed in a hail of 20 police bullets while in his grandparents’ backyard, the body of 22-year old black man named Stephon Clark was laid to rest in Sacramento, California. Police claimed they thought he had a gun but he was found to only have a cell phone. Hundreds of people have blocked traffic, delayed the start of sporting events, and barged into city council meetings demanding justice for Clark.

The shooting comes amid disturbing news from the other side of the country over police violence. Baton Rouge, Louisiana officers in the videotaped killing of a black man named Alton Sterling have been spared any charges.

In Chicago, Illinois, a 34-year old black woman named Decynthia Clements was gunned down by police who claimed she was brandishing a knife. And in Harris County, Texas, a 34-year old black man named Danny Ray Thomas was fatally shot in the chest by a Sheriff’s deputy.

Joseph Williams, member of Black Lives Matter LA, working with the group’s Labor Committee and was recently in Sacramento, CA.

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