Emotions heightened in Sacramento for Stephon Clark’s funeral after 10 days of protest

The funeral for a 22-year-old unarmed black man killed by police in his grandparents’ backyard brought together family, friends and members of the community Thursday in a city roiled by almost two weeks of heightened emotions, grief and anger.

The funeral for a 22-year-old unarmed black man killed by police in his grandparents’ backyard brought together family, friends and members of the community Thursday in a city roiled by almost two weeks of heightened emotions, grief and anger.

In a brief eulogy, civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton noted that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, when asked about why President Trump had not addressed the shooting, called it a “local matter.”

“This is not a local matter,” Sharpton shouted, holding Stephon’s brother in a tight embrace. “They have been killing young black men all over the country and we are here to say that we are going to stand with Stephon Clark and his family.”

With few protesters on the somber scene, hundreds clad in black dress clothes gatherd to get into the funeral, which was open to the public. Some people who had waited almost an hour were unable to get into the crowded church.

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