The anguish of Sacramento’s African-American community was on full display inside City Hall on Tuesday, and the councilman who represents the neighborhood where Stephon Clark was fatally shot offered the strongest criticism yet among city officials of the incident.

For more than two hours, speaker after speaker walked to a podium in front of the City Council inside a packed chamber. Some fought back tears. Some read poetry. Many raised their voices. But at no point did the hearing turn violent.

Speakers demanded accountability for the shooting of Clark, an unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police officers in pursuit of an alleged car burglar in Meadowview on March 18. Officers said they believed Clark, 22, had a gun. He was found only with his cellphone.

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