At least 84 people were arrested Monday night in Sacramento, California, during a protest that was organized in response to the district attorney’s decision not to pursue charges against the officers who killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man.
Three reporters, including a longtime reporter at the Sacramento Bee, and several clergy members, were among those detained. A photographer at the Bee said on a live stream that police knew that his colleague Dale Kasey was a member of the news media but detained him anyway.
Rev. Shane Harris, a minister from San Diego, was arrested for the first time in his life at the protest. “It was pretty traumatizing,” Harris told reporters after he was released. “But at the same time, it’s what black and brown men go through across the country every day. I honor Stephon Clark with it.”
Scores of protesters assembled in a Trader Joe’s parking lot at around 6:30 p.m. and started marching through East Sacramento, an affluent, mostly white neighborhood, chanting “Whose streets? Our streets.” Protest organizers said they chose East Sacramento because it’s “one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the City of Sacramento and home to many influential leaders in the city and state government.”