Killed by police, then vilified: how America's prosecutors blame victims

One year after police killed Stephon Clark in his family’s backyard, law enforcement officials launched a different kind of assault on the 22-year-old.

They attacked his reputation and impugned his character.

The Sacramento district attorney (DA) publicly released a series of Clark’s text messages with his fiancee, detailing conflicts in their relationship and his mental health struggles. Salena Manni, his distraught fiancee, told reporters that what happened days before police killed Clark was irrelevant: “It’s about the officers who murdered him … because he had a cellphone in his hand.”

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