Stephon Clark, the unarmed African American man whose shooting by police has caused protests and national outcry, was shot six times in the back, an independent forensic pathologist said Friday.
Dr. Bennet Omalu conducted an autopsy days after Clark was killed by police. He told reporters that his examination showed that Clark was hit by eight bullets, and all but one entered while his back was facing police.
The eighth bullet that hit Clark entered his left thigh from a forward-facing and likely came while he was on the ground and had already been shot multiple times, Omalu said.
"That he was assailing the officers, meaning he was facing the officers, is inconsistent with the prevailing forensic evidence" as documented in the autopsy, he said.
The county coroner's official autopsy results are not expected to be completed for several weeks.
Clark, 22, was fatally shot in his grandmother's backyard on March 18 by Sacramento police, who were looking for a vandal in the neighborhood. More than 20 shots were fired.
Clark was found with a cellphone. No weapon was recovered.
The independent autopsy finding raises new questions about Clark's shooting. Police have released videos showing the incident but have urged the public not to pass judgment on officers until the investigation is complete.
"It's very simple. The narrative that's been put forth is they had to open fire because he was charging toward them," said civil rights litigator Ben Crump, who is representing Clark's family. Yet the autopsy shows, Crump said, "all of the bullets were from behind."
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