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Family of Stephon Clark Files $35 Million Claim Against Sacramento

The claims' causes of action include wrongful death and funeral expenses.
Posted at 6:54 PM, Sep 07, 2018

The family of Stephon Clark has filed a claim against the city of Sacramento, and are seeking upwards of $35 million in damages.

Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento police in his grandparents' backyard back in March after officers got a call about a suspect breaking car windows. Officers said they thought he was holding a gun, but it turned out to be a cell phone.

According to documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee, attorneys representing Clark's family filed the claim Tuesday and are seeking “in excess of” $20 million for Clark's two children and $15 million for his parents and grandparents. The claim lists nine causes of action, including wrongful death, funeral expenses, attorney fees and medical expenses.

In a statement dated Thursday, the city said claim form filings are "generally a precursor to a lawsuit." The statement also said the shooting of Clark is still under investigation by the Sacramento Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney and the California Department of Justice.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.