Autopsy disputing police account of shooting prompts anger

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That announcement came the same day that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said his office would not pursue criminal charges against two Baton Rouge police officers who fatally shot Alton Sterling in 2016, one of many that have prompted intense protests nationwide in recent years. In body camera footage provided by the police, however, it is not clear which direction Mr. Clark is facing, and the family's lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said the independent autopsy contradicted the assertion by the police that he was a threat. Cops fired more than 20 bullets at Clark, who was unarmed, standing in the backyard of his grandmother's home where he lived.

Clark's death was "not instantaneous", Omalu told reporters, estimating the father of two died between 3 to 10 minutes after being shot.

Omalu said any one of the bullets striking Clark from behind could have killed him. He added that each of those seven shots could have had a "fatal capacity" and described severe damage to Clark's body, including a shattered vertebrae and a collapsed lung.

Two officers responding to a call of someone breaking auto windows shouted that Clark had a gun before firing. Previously, police claimed that Clark was moving towards them when he was shot and killed.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

At the funeral service for Clark earlier in the day, veteran civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton addressed a congregation of hundreds. In body camera video, an officer is heard shouting the word "gun" repeatedly and opening fire nearly immediately.

An investigation is being conducted into the shooting.

The death of the 22-year-old father of two was the latest in a string of killings of black men by police that have triggered street protests and fueled a renewed national debate about bias in the USA criminal justice system. Later, Clark was found to have only been carrying a cellphone.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark at a White House briefing on Wednesday.

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The Sacramento police declined to comment on Omalu's findings and Crump's statement, saying it "would be inappropriate" to do so before the release of the county coroner's report and the conclusion of the ongoing investigations into the shooting.

Clark was shot from behind seven times, Omalu said.

The wake was largely quiet until Clark's brother, Stevante Clark, shouted at the media to leave before being picked up and carried away. Police waited at least five minutes before applying medical aid.

Seth Stoughton, a University of SC law professor and former Tallahassee, Fla., police officer who studies police shootings, said that "watching the helicopter video, it seems the officers are shooting after (Clark) is down on the ground".

Barnes said the fight for justice for Clark, who was shot in his grandmother's backyard, is about "more than colour".

Crump expects officials will try to "dispute" Omalu's findings, he said, like some researchers and National Football League doctors attempted to do with his CTE research. "The big question here is was the shooting justified at all".

"We are deeply saddened by the events associated with Stephon Clark's death, and will continue to do our part to make sure the community is healthy, safe and inclusive", the statement continued.

As officers followed Clark into the yard, he "turned and advanced toward the officers while holding an object" extended in front of him, according to police.

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