Who Is Wanda Cleveland? Sacramento Activist Struck By Sheriff's Vehicle During Protests

Children light candles at a vigil for Stephon Clark in South Sacramento. Andrew Nixon  Capital Public Radio

Children light candles at a vigil for Stephon Clark in South Sacramento. Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

A man's voice is heard on loud speaker saying, "Stand back from the cars", and, "Back away from my vehicle". "It was a very fast acceleration, not the way you would move with people around".

Cleveland an activist and grandmother of seven and the great-grandmother of two was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries to her arm and back of the head and then released.

A deputy can also be heard shouting four times into the loudspeaker asking the protesters to back away from his vehicle to no avail. "A collision occurred while the patrol vehicle was traveling at slow speeds".

The statement also said that the patrol vehicle was damaged with dents and a shattered rear window from the protesters. "The damage to the vehicle was not a result of the collision involving the pedestrian but was caused by vandals in the crowd".

The California Highway Patrol announced that it is investigating the incident but refused to say whether the attack was being investigated as a "hit and run" or a lesser charge.

Dozens of protesters of a Sacramento police shooting of an unarmed black man have gathered for a rally, including the man's fiancee and young children.

Clark's fiancee, Salena Manni, stood on stage with his two young sons, grandmother and uncle for the gathering Saturday organized by Sacramento native and former National Basketball Association player Matt Barnes, who pledged to create a scholarship fund for the children of black men killed by police. While their initial account said the father of two was advancing toward them with an object in his hand, Omalu concluded that based on his entry wounds, Clark "was not facing the officers" when he was first struck.

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It's more than color. Barnes said, "It comes down to wrong and right", at the rally. Authorities said that Clark was holding a tool bar, but later admitted it was just a cellphone, which can be seen in the video of the shooting.

The Sacramento Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. She was reportedly released soon afterwards.

"I think perhaps the only thing that could have been done differently was they might have avoided the area", he said Monday.

Also speaking was Marissa Barrera, whose family sued the city of Woodland after her 30-year-old brother, Michael Barrera, died in police custody last year.

Police released video of Clark's shooting 72 hours after it happened.

"We're here today to raise awareness, to come together peacefully and to have some accountability for the officers, not only in Sacramento but across the country, who have been doing this", Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. After pointing their guns at Clark for another six minutes as he lay dying on the ground, the officers, identified as Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet, handcuffed his lifeless corpse and made a token effort to resuscitate Clark before pronouncing him dead at the scene.

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