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Vigil held in Portland for unarmed man shot, killed by Sacramento police

Posted: Updated: Mar 25, 2018 11:20 PM
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More than 100 people attended a vigil in Portland to show solidarity for an unarmed Black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police. 

The group Portland’s Resistance organized Sunday night’s vigil, which was held at Director Park in downtown Portland. 

Stephon Clark, 22, was killed last Sunday when officers were responding to a burglary call. Police said they thought Clark was holding a gun, but he was actually holding a cell phone. 

Officers shot at Clark 20 times as he was standing in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento.

Since his death, vigils and protests have been held across the nation.

“It’s horrific and it’s shocking,” said Portland resident Jerold Howard.

Howard came out Sunday to remember Clark, and lend support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

It was his first time attending one of the events.

“I could identify with him, and I feel like I’m a law-abiding, tax-paying guy that follows the rules, but that could have been me, just due to the color of my skin,” Howard said.

In Portland, organizers not only wanted to call attention to Clark’s death, but also remember his life, and other people of color killed by police.

Several spoke to the crowd, urging change and police reform.

There was a huge round of applause after Donna Hayes spoke – she talked about her grandson, and ticked off a long list of others killed by officers around the United States.

Hayes said she never sought to be an activist, but she never thought her grandson would die.

Quanice Hayes was killed by Portland police just over a year ago.

Officers said they thought Quanice was armed; a fake gun was later found near his body.

A grand jury found the shooting was justified, and his family has been fighting for police reform ever since.

Donna Hayes said she mind went immediately to Clark’s family when she found out about his shocking death.

“Our wounds are not that old, so they got some fresh wounds, and I thought about the family.”

Hayes said Quanice would be proud of her.

“He started wearing a hoodie because of Trayvon Martin, and so yes, I believe he would be proud,” Hayes said.

Howard said events remembering those killed are important.

“If we don’t, then I think like the young man who died tragically, they become invisible,” Howard said.

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