The recent shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark is the latest case highlighting the ongoing issue of police brutality against unarmed African-Americans and has sparked protests nationwide. Despite the well-needed uproar and national outrage; when questioned about the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the issue a ‘local matter’:
“Certainly a terrible incident. This is something that is a local matter and that’s something that we feel should be left up to the local authorities at this point in time.”
Stephon Clark was shot and killed on March 18th, while unarmed and standing in his own backyard in Sacramento, California. Authorities stated they were looking for a suspect who was accused of breaking windows in the neighborhood, and confronted Clark after spotting him. The officers then proceeded to fire 20 rounds at him, believing he brandished a gun. A quick investigation concluded he was only carrying a cell phone.
In addition to being asked about the shooting of Clark on March 18th, Sanders was also questioned about the acquittal of the police officers involved in the 2016 death of Alton Sterling, and even the 2014 case of Eric Garner. She continued to reiterate that the President supports law enforcement and believes these issues to just be relative to those specific areas:
“Certainly we want to make sure that all law enforcement is carrying out the letter of the law. The President’s very supportive of law enforcement…But at the same time, in these specific cases and these specific instances, those would be left up to local authorities to make that determination and not something for the federal government to weigh into.”
When pressed further by reporters on whether the President should take a stance since it is that of a national matter, Sanders then switched gears by describing Trump’s stance on border control, school safety and many more off-base topics:
Written By: Kisha Forde