The California deputy that hit a protester during a Stephon Clark vigil and drove off was likely oblivious to the collision.
A protester was reportedly hit by a Sacramento sheriff's deputy's vehicle during a rally in Sacramento over the shooting death of Stephon Clark Saturday night.
Police video of the shooting doesn't clearly capture all that happened after Clark ran into his grandmother's backyard.
Around 9 p.m., roughly two hours after the vigil started, a deputy's SUV hit a person at the intersection of Florin and 65th Street. A sheriff's deputy sounded his siren and told the protestors to move.
"The female protester chose this moment to bring the protest between the two vehicles", Jones told reporters. Shortly after that, one of the police vehicles then appears to briefly accelerate, striking a woman, who was holding a sign.
"The narrative that had been put forth was that they had to open fire because he was charging at them", said Benjamin Crump, one of the Clark family's lawyers.
Cleveland was hospitalized with bruises on her head and arm. She panned the law enforcement agency for hypocrispy after leaving the hospital early Sunday.
"He never even stopped", the newspaper quoted Cleveland as saying. "If I did that I'd be charged".
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The Sacramento Sheriff's Department released a statement that said, "As protesters approached both of the marked vehicles, they began yelling while pounding and kicking the vehicles' exterior".
Almost an hour later, Cleveland she was lying face up on a city street after being struck by the SUV.
"Back away from my vehicle, " a deputy says four times into a loudspeaker. "She fell to the ground and the deputies then sped off". "As you can see or hear in the vehicle video and audio, there was no acknowledgement", Jones said.
The Sacramento Police Department released body cam video footage of the incident.
Jones said the deputy's duties had not changed despite the internal investigation into the March 31 crash.
"First of all, hit-and-run is a legal conclusion, obviously, and investigating agencies, all public safety agencies don't have the luxury of coming up with a conclusion first and working backwards like we've seen a lot of in the last couple weeks", Jones said to the press.
"The threat he was facing was from his left side, as you could see clearly from the video". He said it was unclear if Clark would have survived had he gotten immediate medical attention. "It could be he may have not felt safe to get out of the vehicle".
Clark's fiancee, Salena Manni, stood on stage with his two young sons, grandmother and uncle for the gathering Saturday organized by Sacramento native and former National Basketball Association player Matt Barnes, who pledged to create a scholarship fund for the children of black men killed by police.