Stephon Clark’s Family Seeks $35 Million in Damages From Sacramento After Fatal Police Shooting

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The family of Stephon Clark, who was fatally shot by police earlier this year, filed a wrongful death claim on Thursday seeking $35 million in damages from the city of Sacramento.

The action is not a lawsuit, but a claim that must be made and denied before a lawsuit can be filed, KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento reported on Friday.

If the entire amount is awarded it will split among the family in two ways: $20 million will go towards Clark's two children and $15 million towards Clark's grandparents, according to the Sacramento Bee.

In March, two officers chased Clark into his grandmother's backyard and gunned down the 22-year-old, believing he was armed. It was later found out that he only had a cellphone on him.

It's unclear whether the Clark family will received the full $35 million. In other deadly police shooting cases, the family of Michael Brown received $1.5 million from the city of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner's family's claim against New York City got them $5.9 million.

Meanwhile, the two officers involved in Clark's shooting are back at work. Nearly seven months after the shooting, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has yet to make a decision on whether or not the officers will be charged.

The city announced the claim the same day Sacramento police fatally shot another person they say had a gun, KTXL reported. It's unclear in clear in that incident whether the man aimed or fired at officers before they killed him.

A police spokesman said a knife and a pellet gun were found on the man.

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