Stephon Clark’s family is seeking $35 million from the city of Sacramento. A lawyer representing the family filed a wrongful death claim against the city earlier this week, alleging battery, negligence, false imprisonment and failure to summon medical attention after Clark was gunned down.
The claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, seeks punitive damages in addition to payments to cover Clark’s funeral and medical expenses. Clark, 22, was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers on March 18, while in his grandmother’s backyard.
“The City of Sacramento Police Department’s involved officers unjustly shot and killed Stephon Clark and used excessive and unreasonable force against Stephon Clark while he was in the backyard of his family home,” the legal documents state according to the Sacrament Bee.
“Stephon Clark never verbally threatened anyone, and he was unarmed when he was fatally shot multiple times, including numerous shots to his back, shots while he was going to the ground and shots after he had already went down to the ground,” the complaint reads. “At the time of the shooting, Stephon Clark posed no imminent threat of death or serious physical injury to either the involved officers or any other person.”
The complaint seeks $20 million for Clark’s two young sons, and $15 million for his parents and grandparents.