Neighbor Now Feels Uneasy About Calling 911 After Stephon Clark Shooting

  • Neighbor Now Feels Uneasy About Calling 911 After Stephon Clark Shooting

Neighbor Now Feels Uneasy About Calling 911 After Stephon Clark Shooting

Based on police footage, officers muted their body cams about six minutes after shooting Clark on March 18 as they began to discuss with other cops what transpired.

A heartbroken Sacramento man says he'll think twice before calling 911 again, knowing his action put the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark into motion.

The neighbor who called the police on a man breaking into cars in his neighborhood now regrets reaching out to 911 for help. On the call, Reiling keeps telling the dispatcher that "the dogs are going crazy" in the backyard where he thought the man had gone. The helicopter instructed him to go indoors, so he did, he said.

He said he hopes to have a final official policy in the "near future", explaining the department still needs to do additional legal research and have it approved by the Community Review Commission before the city council votes on it.

The department sent the memo to rank-and-file officers on Wednesday saying officers "shall not deactivate or mute their BWCs (body worn cameras) until the investigative or enforcement activity involving a member of the public has concluded".

Reiling's trailer sits in his wife's front yard, which is across the street and just north of where Clark was killed.

Clark was shot by two Sacramento officers who fired 20 rounds while he stood in the backyard, across the street from Reiling's residence.

When asked if he knew if Clark was the man who he saw standing next to his truck that night, he said he couldn't make that determination. Reiling, who knows Clark's family, couldn't see who the culprit in the hoodie was.

The interim policy now says officers can't turn off their microphones unless a superior officer tells them to, according to Bernard.

Clark was found with a cellphone after the shooting, and the backyard was determined to belong to Clark's grandparents.

"Our community is crying out for change", said Hahn, who was sworn in as police chief in August.

Reiling said another nearby parked vehicle also had a broken window. Xavier Becerra, the state's attorney general, announced late last month that his office would provide independent oversight into the March 18 shooting as District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert conducts her own investigation.

A review of Sacramento police policy sparked emotional testimony inside city hall Tuesday night.