Former Sacramento King Matt Barnes is trying to help the family of Stephon Clark after his tragic execution.
Barnes, who went to high school in Sacramento, organized a rally for Clark on Saturday calling for the two officers involved in Clark’s shooting to be charged.
“You have my word, being from here, that I’m going to do everything. I’m sitting down with the mayor, I’m sitting down with the gang leaders, and I’m going to be in your community and I’m going to be the driving force behind Sacramento,” he said.
He also announced that he will be starting a “Clark’s Boys’” fund to help secure Clark’s sons’ futures.
“I got two 9-year-old boys that look just like this, and I fear for them,” said at Cesar Chavez Plaza on Saturday.
“How do we explain to our kids that just because of the color of your skin, people aren’t going to like you? That’s not fair. But that’s something you have to explain to your kids every day.”
In the past, Barnes has been outspoken about the racism he faced as a teen in Sacramento.
Kings guard Garrett Temple attended the rally and Golden State Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr gave his team permission to attend if they chose.
As we previously reported, the results of an autopsy commissioned by Clark’s family is refuting the police’s accounts of the 22-year-old’s tragic death. Apparently, he was shot eight times from the back and the side.
According to the New York Times, Dr. Bennet Omalu, a private medical examiner, found that Clark was shot three times in his lower back, twice near his right shoulder, once in his neck and once under an armpit. He was also shot in the leg and there was a neck wound from the side. In addition, one of the shots to his leg appeared to have been fired after he was already falling.
“He was shot from the back,” Dr. Omalu said Friday at a news conference. “He bled massively.”
He added, “Each one of these bullets possessed a fatal capacity. All he needed to have died was just one of them.”
The Sacramento police claim they are still currently investigating the shooting.
Matt Barnes Starts College Fund For Stephon Clark’s Two Children was originally published on globalgrind.com