Sacramento, CA – A woman was hit by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) vehicle on Saturday night, after a group of “protesters” surrounded the deputies’ vehicles, and started pounding on the vehicles.
The riotous crowd converged on an intersection in South Sacramento, in the neighborhood where Stephon Clark was shot.
Clark was a 22-year-old burglar who was fatally shot by police after shattering the window of an elderly man’s home before pointing an object towards officers that was later determined to be a cell phone, on Mar. 18.
The protest occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m., as the protesters walked among vehicles in the roadway, blocking traffic, The Sacramento Bee reported.
According to SCSD Sergeant Shaun Hampton, the hoard was also yelling at the deputies, and kicking their patrol cars.
Police said that “vandals in the crowd” caused “scratches, dents, and a shattered rear window” to a sheriff’s vehicle during the attack.
At one point, approximately three dozen protesters surrounded a patrol car, and threw eggs at it, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Cellphone footage of the scene showed two SCSD SUVs attempting to navigate through the chaos, with their emergency lights activated. Sirens could also be heard throughout the video.
Using a loudspeaker, deputies repeatedly told the protestors to back away from the patrol vehicles. A SCSD SUV began to move forward, as a woman with a sign stepped in front of the vehicle, and held her arm out towards it.
The protester, later identified as Wanda Cleveland, moved towards the front passenger side of a patrol vehicle as it continued to inch forward, and was clipped by the SUV’s bumper as it moved past her, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Cleveland fell to the ground as the SCSD vehicles drove away from the area. Fire personnel responded and she was transported to a local medical facility.
She was released after being treated for bruises to the back of her head, and to her arm.
“From what I could tell, she got hit hard,” Guy Danilowitz, who recorded one video of the incident, told the New York Daily News.
Cleveland later claimed that she was walking to the curb when the collision occurred. Although a deputy in one patrol vehicle told the crowd to move away, Cleveland argued that the deputy driving the vehicle that struck her never issued a command for her to move, The Sacramento Bee reported.
“If I did that I’d be charged,” Cleveland complained. “It’s disregard for human life.”
The SCSD and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are investigating the incident, police said.
After the collision, a small group of protesters headed towards a nearby SCSD station, where they were met by a line of officers.
“Hit and run,” the group began to chant, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Officers in a police helicopter hovering above ordered the crowd to disperse, and the group ultimately returned to the original protest location, the New York Daily News reported.
The gathering of approximately 100 protesters managed to shut down all traffic in the area after the collision, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Jamier Sale, who organized the protest, told the group to stand down at approximately 10:40 p.m., but approximately 50 individuals remained.
SCSD and CHP officers established line, and were able to push the holdouts into a parking lot, where event organizers were able to disperse approximately two dozen more protesters.
Another two dozen people continued to block traffic until shortly after midnight.
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