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04/05/2018 12:54 am ET

Protests Continue For Stephon Clark On Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death Anniversary

The march was held on the same day police killed yet another unarmed black man.

A large crowd of people gathered again in Sacramento, California, on Wednesday, still enraged over the death of Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police in his backyard.

Just like several other protests held consistently since Clark was killed less than three weeks ago, Black Lives Matter activists marched through downtown Sacramento demanding justice for the 22-year-old father of two.

But Wednesday’s demonstration, which drew a crowd of about 200 people, had another kind of significance: It was held on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

“It’s been 50 years, and we’re still fighting for the same things, so we’re still angry,” Tanya Faison, founder of Black Lives Matter Sacramento, told The Sacramento Bee.

“Everything Martin Luther King fought for, we’re still fighting for.”

Wednesday’s protest was also a part of the National Day of Action, a nationwide protest of police brutality and racial inequality planned by Black Lives Matter Sacramento.

It also fell on the same day when police in Brooklyn, New York, fatally shot an unarmed black man whom 911 callers said was pointing a gun at residents. Officers later said the man was actually holding “a pipe with some sort of knob on the end of it.”

Black Lives Matter activists have held at least two demonstrations in Sacramento, California, in protest of Clark's deat
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Black Lives Matter activists have held at least two demonstrations in Sacramento, California, in protest of Clark's death.

Stephon Clark was killed on March 18 when two police officers opened fire on him in his backyard while responding to reports of car break-ins in his neighborhood. The officers said they thought Clark was holding a gun, but they later found he was holding a cellphone.

The Sacramento Police Department also claimed that Clark was facing the officers and moving toward them at the time of the shooting. However, an independent autopsy of Clark’s body initiated by the Clark family’s lawyer revealed that he was shot at least seven times in the back.

Police have not yet publicly identified the two officers who fatally shot Clark.

Protestors on Wednesday made a stop at Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s office, calling for the two police officers who killed Clark to be criminally charged in his death. They also protested in front of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Sacramento City Hall.

On Tuesday before the protest, Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the iconic activist, celebrated the Black Lives Matter movement and joined its call for justice for Clark

“I can’t say enough about my brothers and sisters of Black Lives Matter,” King said, according to NBC’s Sacramento affiliate KCRA.

“Just a couple of days ago in Sacramento, we saw a young man gunned down holding a cellphone,” King added. “Justice must be done somehow, someway, someday, and really right now.”

See photos of Wednesday’s demonstration below.

  • Black Lives Matter protesters take to the streets of Sacramento during a march and demonstration on the 50th anniversary of M
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Black Lives Matter protesters take to the streets of Sacramento during a march and demonstration on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
  • Some protesters have called for the resignation of Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Some protesters have called for the resignation of Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.
  • A woman holds a bright "Black Lives Matter" sign during the demonstration.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    A woman holds a bright "Black Lives Matter" sign during the demonstration.
  • Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
  • A Black Lives Matter protester uses a bullhorn during a demonstration in front of the offices of District Attorney Anne Marie
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    A Black Lives Matter protester uses a bullhorn during a demonstration in front of the offices of District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.
  • Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets.
  • A Black Lives Matter protester holds an illustration of Stephon Clark.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    A Black Lives Matter protester holds an illustration of Stephon Clark.
  • The protest remained peaceful throughout the day.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    The protest remained peaceful throughout the day.
  • Black Lives Matter activists raise their fists for Stephon Clark.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Black Lives Matter activists raise their fists for Stephon Clark.
  • A woman holds a sign with an illustration of Clark.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    A woman holds a sign with an illustration of Clark.
  • Protesters call for justice for Stephon Clark outside of the Sacramento County district attorney's office.
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Protesters call for justice for Stephon Clark outside of the Sacramento County district attorney's office.
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