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Stephon Clark’s Younger Brother Admits Mental Distress After Brother’s Death by Police

Stevante Clark, whose brother Stephon was shot and killed by Sacramento, Calif., police, reacts as he meets with mourners outside of the funeral services for Stephon Clark at the Bayside of South Sacramento Church on March 29, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.
Stevante Clark, whose brother Stephon was shot and killed by Sacramento, Calif., police, reacts as he meets with mourners outside of the funeral services for Stephon Clark at the Bayside of South Sacramento Church on March 29, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.
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Stevante Clark, younger brother of Stephon Clark, the young man killed by Sacramento, Calif., police, recently revealed that he has sought mental health help in the wake of his brother’s untimely and unjust death.

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Not long after Stephon Clark, 22, was shot eight times in his grandmother’s backyard when police mistook his cellphone for a gun, Stevante cursed Mayor Darrell Steinberg and jumped on the table during a meeting of protesters at City Hall.

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On Tuesday, Stevante Clark shook Steinberg’s hand and asked to meet privately with him and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, according to the New York Daily News.

The News reports that Stevante Clark told them that he sought mental health treatment after police were called to a hotel where his family was staying.

“My heart is gone,” Clark said, repeatedly tapping his head. “Emotions, feelings ... ”

Steinberg told Clark that there was no shame in admitting his travails.

“Everybody wants to help you,” Steinberg said. “We’ll help you.”

Capital Public Radio reports that Clark’s family have known for some time that the young man was suffering in the aftermath of his brother’s death, and also applaud him for getting the help he needs.

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Family friend Jamilia Land directly addressed the pain and trauma being experienced by the slain 22-year-old’s family.

“Stevante is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,” she said.

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The News also reports that during the meeting, the Sacramento Police Department issued its new written policy regarding body cameras.

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The two officers involved in the shooting of Stephon Clark muted their microphones following the shooting. The new policy requires officers to verbalize their reason for turning the mics off

As it now stands, officers are only supposed to turn off cameras when dealing with a sexual assault victim or if told to do so by a supervisor. They are also authorized to do so if a victim or witness does not want to be filmed, or when speaking to a medical professional.

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Steinberg also told Hahn that he would like answers from Hahn on improvements to the department’s policies and practices in the coming weeks.

According to the Daily News, Stevante Clark also asked the media to cease broadcasting traumatic footage of his brother’s death—what I refer to as “black death porn”—because it causes the family (and most of the rest of us) anxiety and distress.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

While I am sad and angry for Stevante’s brother being killed in a video game-esque police assassination, I am almost as livid with him in that he has given them so many images to use in the aftermath. Each outburst diminishes his voice, and the memory of his brother.

Obviously, there is no one to guide or shelter this poor kid, let alone explain there are some things you just do not do. His family just lets him flap in the breeze, and they think it is doing a good thing. They are wrong, and he could very well end up locked up or as dead as his brother acting how he has. Stop with the head wrap. Stop with the jumping on furniture. Stop clinging to Sharpton. MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO NOT DISRESPECT DON LEMON.

Don is not a paragon of blackness, wokeness, or anything of the sort, BUT since 45 was “elected” he is about the closest thing anchor-wise on CNN. Sure, Angela Rye and Van Jones are visible luminaries who are woke af, but they do not have the seat Don has. They are not beloved in the same way he is. His platform is a potent one.  

For Stevante to make a mockery out of the time Don gave him on air, and squander that moment to say something profound...he has already lost. Everything that young man says henceforth will be lost in the noise of his antics, and for that, he cannot be the face of any sort of movement. MLK was quite imperfect, and was retroactively cleansed of many a sin, but that is not such an easy task in the digital age where memory is permanent.

Stevante needs therapy, meds, and loving adults to keep him sane, alive, and out of trouble. The magnifying glass of the media and the mirrorverse of the Internet will crush him in a spectacle if he is not properly taken care of, and given time to heal.