Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg just got a firsthand look at the raw anger and emotion engulfing his city in the wake of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.
Sacramento’s regular city council meeting devolved into absolute chaos Tuesday night as a protestor -- since identified as the brother of the deceased Stephon Clark -- jumped onto Steinberg’s desk and shouted, coming within inches of his face.
“Stephon Clark!” chanted the brother, Stevonte Clark, surrounded by a band of protestors.
Steinberg tried to assuage Clark by handing him a microphone. Clark used the opportunity to rail against Steinberg and the city’s police chief.
“The mayor and the City of Sacramento has failed all of you,” Clark told attendees. He called on Steinberg to step down. When Steinberg tried to cut him off, Clark told him to “shut the f*** up.”
“We’re sons of f***** slaves!” Clark shouted, jumping up on a desk and dancing before a raucous crowd.
It was an unbelievable scene.
Steinberg called a recess and Clark left the chambers voluntarily. The mayor later warned that such pandemonium would never again be tolerated at a meeting of the city council.
Stephon Clark, 22, was shot and killed by Sacramento police in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18 while they were pursuing a suspect accused of breaking into cars. Officers believed he had a gun, but only a cell phone was found at his side. An investigation is underway.