04.18.2018

UC Davis medical students hold protest after Stephon Clark shooting

UC Davis medical students hold protest after Stephon Clark shooting Sammy Caiola / Capital Public Radio

Lying on the cement in front of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, roughly 100 medical students participated in a "die-in" protest Tuesday, urging healthcare providers to do more to help people experiencing trauma after police incidents.

Tuesday's event was hosted by the school's chapter of White Coats 4 Black Lives, a national group founded in 2015 in the aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown and the in-custody death of Eric Garner.

UC Davis medical students focused on the recent officer-involved shooting of Stephon Clark, 22, who was killed March 18 in south Sacramento. The two Sacramento Police Department officers who fired their weapons said they believed Clark was holding a gun when they shot him, though no weapon was found by police — only a cellphone.