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Stephon Clark's Older Brother Is Planning To Run For Mayor Of Sacramento

Stevante Clark filed formal paperwork for the 2020 mayoral bid on Monday. (Nov. 26) 

Stevante Clark, the older brother of Stephon Clark who was shot and killed by Sacramento police this past March, has filed paperwork to run for the city. According to the Sacramento Bee, Clark took the formal step for his 2020 mayorial bid Monday. (Nov. 26)

“I don’t have the most experience, I’m not the smartest guy,” Clark said Tuesday (N0v. 27) “At the same time, I’m from the city of Sacramento and if there’s anybody who’s going to listen to the people of Sacramento and who knows the problems of Sacramento, it’s me. Even though I did decide to run for mayor after the death of my brother, I’m not making this about me in retribution and revenge.”

On Sunday, March 18, Stephon Clark, who was unarmed was shot multiple times by Sacramento police while in his grandmother's backyard. He is survived by his brother, two sons and remaining family. Bodycam footage from the horrific shooting was later released, which caused outrage within the city and across the nation and only further underscored the harsh treatment African-Americans face from law enforcement.

Since his brother's death, Stevante has been a vocal critic of the city and the police department and he hopes to pay special attention to Sacramento's “underdeveloped communities” if he wins the election.

As part of his initiative, Stevante wants to open resource centers in his brother's name that offer childcare, recreational opportunities, computer labs, and mentoring programs. Mental health is also a top priority.

Stevante says that as part of his plan, he hopes to start the Clark Family Act hire more officers from the area.

”They don’t necessarily have to be from South Sacramento, but officers of color from Oakland’s urban areas or LA’s urban areas,” Clark said. “Officers who know the struggle, who know where the people of those neighborhoods come from.”

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