After Stephon Clark death, White House says Trump cares about people 'harmed through no fault of their own'

- Maret 26, 2018

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday he was “not aware of any comments” from Donald Trump about Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man fatally shot by Sacramento police this month, but he said the president cared about anyone “harmed through no fault of their own.”

Pressed on whether the president — who has yet to address the shooting, which has sparked protests — had any response, Shah said he had not spoken to Trump about the matter.

“I'm not aware of any comments that he has,” the principal deputy press secretary told reporters.

“Obviously, the president cares about any individual who would be harmed through no fault of their own,” Shah said. “I don't know the specifics in that case. I don't want to comment further.”

Police have said they thought Clark, who was shot in his grandparents' backyard, was holding a gun. No weapon was found at the scene.

Clark was reportedly shot 20 times by two police officers while on his cellphone at the home in south Sacramento.

Clark’s family and their attorney have demanded answers from local police on the incident, announcing their plans to sue the city for wrongful death during a press conference on Monday.

Sacramento authorities have launched an investigation into the death of the 22-year-old.

Officials at the local, state and congressional level have spoken out in response to the shooting, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying Clark "should be alive today."


 

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