Stevante Clark, the brother of police shooting victim Stephon Clark, wants everyone to stop broadcasting footage of his brother’s death.
The 25-year-old has been at the forefront of the fight for justice in the police shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, who was gunned down in Sacramento, Calif., in his grandparent’s backyard in March.
During a city council meeting Tuesday, April 10, the New York Daily News reported Clark said he wanted everyone to stop airing footage of his younger brother being shot multiple times by cops, saying it was distressing the family.
Since the story has been picked up, Clark has been noticeably distressed, behaving erratically in front of cameras and media during public appearances.
He cursed out Mayor Darrell Steinberg at an earlier city council meeting, shouted at media gathered outside his brother’s March funeral and forced Don Lemon to end an interview after Clark became upset.
Jamilia Land, a woman who identified herself as Clark’s aunt, gave an explanation for his behavior at a rally hosted by Sacramento native and ex-NBA star Matt Barnes.
“[Stephon Clark’s] brother Stevante has post-traumatic stress disorder,” she said to the Cesar E. Chavez Plaza crowd. “Stevante has lost two of his brothers. I was over at Stephon’s grave site yesterday where he is buried on top of his 19-year-old brother.”
While at Tuesday’s city council meeting, Clark said his recent seeking of mental health treatment after cops showed up to his hotel was “nothing to be ashamed of.”
He told The Sacramento Bee Monday that he sought treatment voluntarily and that staff at University of California Davis Medical Center “treated me nice.”
“The love I received there was incredible … It felt so good just to sit there,” he said after noting that he “needed to be away from the fake love.”