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The California Department of Justice is investigating the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, who was shot 20 times in his grandmother's backyard. Police say his cell phone was mistaken for a gun.

Clark was killed March 18 after a homeowner called 911 to report a break-in.

Many complain that the police in Clark's case acted with malicious intent in a clear case of overkill.

In contrast to Clark's case involving police officers who acted recklessly, there is a shocking story out of Georgia about a police officer who showed remarkable restraint after a family of 3 attacked him with his own taser.

The family -- including a minister -- were arrested in Gwinnett County on Saturday and charged with assaulting an officer.

Video obtained by WSB-TV shows an officer being attacked by the minister, his wife and their two sons. The video shows a man grabbing the cop and pinning him against a glass door by his neck.

One of the sons even grabbed the officer's TASER and threatened to tase him with it!

Miraculously no shots were fired.

"The officer was grabbed by his throat and slammed into the glass, pinned up to the glass door and was unable to move at that point," Lt. Tim Allen with the Lilburn Police Department said.

The cops were at the church to investigate a report of a teenage girl being held against her will in a car outside the church.

The girl was related to the family.

Wilmer Cruz, 38, and Cristina Cruz, 37, were arrested on numerous charges. A 16-year-old and 17-year-old were also arrested.

The incident happened Saturday night at Inglesia Cristiana Evangelica Church located at a strip mall on Highway 29.

  • Blak

    One has nothing to do with the other, not sure why the comparison of the incidences are being put out there

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    In order to get the best impact, you have to find similar cases with a different outcome in the same state, county and city.

  • MythCalledLove

    I'm sorry can you say that again?..20 two zero. *Gimme a sec* 1st time in a loooong time I'm speechless.* I can't even find words. I'm gonna go sit for a few and ponder this B'S. Act as If this was a phone call. Let me call you back

  • Tyrone Jenkems

    We all know why.
    It is to push the "Cops beez rayciss" agenda.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Two completely different incidences however police sitting ducks right now... Carry on. . No sympathy .... Until they get their head out their azz bye .. ?

  • SpillyNillie

    I was just on another site and the comments being said about the Clark shooting broke my heart. "Why did he run?" "He should have put his hands up." "Why run if you're innocent." These statements were made by people who felt his death was justified.

    HEAR ME AND HEAR ME GOOD! A BLACK MANS LIFE HOLDS NO VALUE IN THE U S of A!

  • Ryan

    Shot 20 times. Jesus.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I seen the video......they acted to quickly. They didn't even give him a chance to say anything

  • Ryan

    And don't try to dilute the crime of this young man being murdered by mentioning some random ish that's got nothing to do with it.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Oh, but GOD!!! Who they answer to every day!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    As They do Always! But They will answer, one way or another. Stay woke.

  • Layah Jhene

    Blacks better read Deuteronomy Chapter 28 and realize why they can get 20 bullets in the ass while other people don't. Times running short...

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    The comparison!!!! you DOPES!!! are not in the incidents, but the comparison of police reactions.... a BLACK kid is shot 20x and he was simply standing in his yard with a cell phone. A whole (NOT BLACK) family attacks an officer..takes his weapon, and what do you know, no shots fired, no one is hurt (except the officer's ego of course)....

  • Coffee1st

    People of color CAME here with no value as a human being. "Laws" changed, but their hearts did not.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They think they are god and that's why they act the way they do.

  • Coffee1st

    Any fool would understand the comparison. Willfully and pathetically ignorant.

  • Simone

    Thank you!!!!

  • Simone

    Stirring the pot again! Sandra!!!!
    NO THANK YOU!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    True, but the real GOD shows them that They are not.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    what am i missing in this posts? I am befuddled by some of these comments.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But but Mike Brown was killed because he allegedly tried to take an officer's gun.
    See how that works.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ha,ha,ha!!!

    Sandra is feeling lazy today or she's out Easter shopping because she knows how many responses posts like this one will get and it will keep us occupied for a minute..

  • Coffee1st

    CHILE!
    Turn off the lights and lock the door behind you. You just closed the case. Some will see, some will hear - many won't.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    *sigh*

    Well these people did take away an officer's gun and assault him, but somehow he remained calm while the other cops blasted away at an imagined threat which turned out to be a cell phone.

    Why can't cops assess the situation as it is rather than going into a situation with preconceived ideas?

  • Coffee1st

    I can't do nothing but smh. I learned that its not my job to explain what's in plain view.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe
  • Junkanoo

    This write implies the second story is the reason why cops are so trigger happy? This young man deserved a write up focused soley on him 20 bullets is insane an inexcusable

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    How about the "open season on black people" agenda?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You couldn't be more wrong. The 2nd story is proof that the police have an agenda to kill black men. The 2nd story proves that cops can show restraint and keep their guns holstered even when they are under attack. Cops KNOW who they can kill and get away with it.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Because there is an unspoken agenda by cops to kill black men. Unfortunately, the life of a black man is disposable.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm shocked that the comparison has to be explained to some people. ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    If not disposable it's worth less than property.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    How did you perceive implication in this write up...Did you miss the words "In Constrast"

  • Kemi

    The blatant injustices and racism is the correlation btw the 2 incidences. A young black man was shot 20x over some vandalism report and lost his life. Nobody even know if he was the offender of that crime.
    How does this not anger anyone?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Sandra don't explain yourself. It was clear. It was more than clear.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I thought the post title was clear - that a black man was shot 20 times while a cop who is under attack does not draw his weapon. Sometimes I hate this country.

  • Junkanoo

    Fair enough that explains your reasoning for this write. Stephon Clark cuts deep because of the number of times shot and most black men use cell phones. This keeps happening mistaking what isn't a gun as a threat and then shooting to kill. Just an opinion but l do think these stories should of been seperate write ups.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Hopefully you don't have any sons. Their lives are worth nothing in AmeriKKKa.

  • Anunnaki

    Take me back with u

  • Jygalo

    Where are the interracial couples protesting the blatant murder of black men? I don’t get it. They only fear a black man if his wanker isn’t involved.

    Yes I’m in my feelings smdh I’m so sick of this. They either think blk men are good for sex or super predators. Disgusting!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    i'm doing my best to not question the education levels of some people (insert eye roll)

  • Ebony Starr

    It has become the norm to question the actions of the victims!!!

  • AnonyMous

    This does not anger anyone because he did the vandalism. People are sick and tired of black people causing mayhem. The man who called police feared his tools being stolen.

    Someone broke the windows. And it was likely a black. I’d say Mr Stephon paid for the crimes of his brotha if not his own!

  • AnonyMous

    If police have an agenda to kill blacks, why have so few blacks been killed, shot or beaten by cops? If cops have an agenda to kill blacks, then what about blacks? What explains blacks killing, raping, rampaging each other?

  • sunni_daze

    Kill the MEN KILL THE RACE. And that's the real plan

  • sunni_daze

    Go kill your muthafukin yourself. Hell your mother should swalled or aborted.

  • Shawty

    It happens so often at this point that people are becoming numb to it. Sad! I'm not sure why 20 shots were fired when none was being returned to them. How many bullets do it take for a person to go down? So we all know that the continued to shoot this man once he was down. And in his grannies yard at that! Watch it is somehow justified. What a world we live in, shucks now you not even safe on your own property. I'm sure the neighbor that saw him and called the cops knew who the hell he was. I'm sure they seen him with his granny before...damn shame he lost his life like that.

  • stav

    I get so emotional and see red, that I can't look anymore. I pray, and I know that judgement day for all is on the horizon. I believe in the resurrection also which provides great comfort. Only Jehovah God by means of Christ Jesus will put an end to the wickedness.

  • hi-liter

    I agree. Like Stephon Clark Grandma said, why they had to shoot soooo many times? Why couldn't they shot him in the foot, leg, arm, WHY SO MANY TIMES? They want to throw into the mix that a black officer was shooting as well, but it sounded like the White officer was the one who yelled GUN and then started firing.

  • Kemi

    So that justified him being shot 20x. The fear of the black existing will always make fragile yt men employ the guns. It’s a sad state of affairs.

  • Shamari123

    I'm with you 100 percent on that. Only he can bring an end to all of these trifling things that are going on.

  • RespectSelf

    I do not think that every shooting of a black man is due to racism.... There are plenty of black folks who make it through some crazy encounters with the police. lAt least that aint running around like the police do in the Philippines. They way they killing them drug dealers and addicts smh.

  • Kemi

    Mehn, I can’t even explain how I feel. It tears me up inside. I have brothers, a son, nephews and male family friends. Smh

  • Kemi

    Damn shame! No interrogation whatsoever just shot him 20x point blank. Like his existence don’t mean sh!t.

  • stav

    I truly can relate, the pain is unbearable just thinking about it, God is our ONLY refuge!

  • AnonyMous

    It justified at least one shot. And oftentimes, that’s all it takes. Blacks crying because they shot at him 20x. The first shot may have killed him.

    Whether it be 1 or 100 shots, your actions that caused someone to shoot at or even draw their pistol is the behavior that needs changing.

    I notice blacks are not talking about the black killed by a black cop in broad daylight in Houston.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    BINGO!

  • AnonyMous

    Aborted. Another area where blacks disproportionately are represented.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    “The officer was grabbed by his throat and slammed into the glass, pinned up to the glass door and was unable to move at that point...”
    -----

    Yeah, let Tyrone and Shaquanda try that. They'd both be dead.

  • the guest

    I understood as well. There are many incidences of armed and unarmed white people assaulting police officers and never being beaten or killed by police officers.

    Yet there are so many incidences of unarmed black men who surrender, hold their hands up, reason in a composed manner, and even plea for their lives and they are shot to death by police officers.

  • angrysolo

    whew the desensitization is real

  • Kemi

    Why don’t take your hateful racist rhetoric to tmz where it belongs?

    The historic account of police brutality can be traced back to enslavement and lynching of black men. The practice is still existing today, it’s just in a militarized way. White supremacy and structural norms i.e., racism, laws and policies devalues black lives and make it permissible for a black man to be shot 20x without thorough police investigation.

    There are systemic analyses of disparities in police use of force among different races in this country; hence, this write up.

    The police force should embody the skills and cultural competence to protect and serve the communities and not take it upon themselves to be the judge, jury and executioner.

  • Mark mcharm

    ?Yeah ok then what is it when it keeps reoccuring? to majority black males.?

  • Mark mcharm

    Q: Was Clark was the man seen by a neighbor allegedly breaking car windows? Was he was the person who broke the neighbor’s sliding glass window? What evidence is there pointing to that?

    A: The answer is unknown at his point.

  • Unhappy American

    ON SIGHT PERIOD

  • Mark mcharm

    Yeah that is true but whites do a lot of prom night dumpster diving that is not a myth.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    The shade of it all

  • Unhappy American

    You sound stupid af? LOG TF OFF

  • dontgetblocked

    I need more information before I can fully judge this situation. I'm going assume this went down in a black neighborhood where he was doing harm to someone else's property....more than likely a brother or sister. Why was a father of two acting like a hoodlum instead of working or spending time with the kids?
    Police officers are trained to kill....one shot or twenty. I hate that he was killed...hate it! But we have to stop giving them an excuse. This officers will not be punished because Stephon was caught committing a criminal act. Unfortunately, I would have called the police had he busted up my car. I would have been frightened. Was he on drugs or just crazy? He decided to commit vandalism/theft. Our decisions bring unwanted consequences especially when dealing with trigger happy police.

  • dontgetblocked

    Did you see the helicopter shots on Youtube. Dude was doing a lot. This wasn't his first time breaking into cars.

  • Kemi

    He’s a troll that resides on tmz!

  • dontgetblocked

    I agree. He was terrorizing his own people. Did he deserve to be shot down. No. But he made himself a target.

  • dontgetblocked

    There are pretty good helicopter shots on Youtube. He was acting so crazy they called a ghetto bird on him.

  • Unhappy American

    Just disgusting

  • shun king

    these guys are seeing the news and know these police are not playing but they still go out here and get into criminal shyt

  • shun king

    that should be done her to stop the scourge of drugs but some people rather it continue

  • We Can Do This

    Dr. Claud Anderson said we are unwelcome guest in this country! And with that being said, how are we as a people going to change that notion?

  • dontgetblocked

    Here's the thing. If you're doing what you're supposed to be doing, you'll be okay. Stephon Clark had a history and that history caught up with him in the worst possible way.

  • Coffee1st

    Stockholm Syndrome. I see sooo many "black" folks who REALLY believe that they are just as much a 1st class citizen in this country as whites. They are just as smug as they are deceived.

  • Kemi

    So true, I see some in my circle and I just shake my head. Ignorance is bliss..

  • MJ

    And that's the point to remember. He was out stealing shit from hard working folks. Doesn't mean he deserves to be shot 20 times, but he put himself in this situation by doing wrong to begin with.

  • Jamal Warner

    What does any of that have to do with his murder? The facts of the case still remain that he was killed while being unarmed. He was killed while standing in his yard. The police did not identify themselves before pulling the trigger. Let's ignore these facts in order to vilify him so his death can be justified by way of white supremacy talking points.

  • Jamal Warner

    Yet, we have white people doing much worse and living.

  • Jamal Warner

    What did Philando Castil do to deserve to die? What did Tamir Rice do? Let's not act as if people are being killed and it is just. In fact, we have unarmed people being killed doing normal things that everyone else does, it just black people are being killed doing mundane things. Go figure!

  • Jamal Warner

    You mean philando castil, tamear rice, etc.?

  • Jamal Warner

    What's the difference?

  • Jamal Warner

    What did he do that warranted his death?

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Imagine that

  • shun king

    castile died because the police told him dont pull out that gun and he told them clearly he HAS to pull it out

  • T3

    There is a place for people found guilty of committing a crime. That place is not the graveyard. Period!

  • Bee jaay Cee

    I agree he certainly didn't deserve death, but when the person is doing wrong, it gives others the excuse not to show sympathy. It would scare me to death to look out my curtains and see someone hopping the wall in my backyard,

  • Bee jaay Cee

    but they have infra red helicopter shots of him running in backyards.

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    when these cac devils spark off a mass shooting they're taken alive... unarmed black men are shot multiple times and are left for dead after paramedics are called 15-30 mins after being shot.
    i can no longer wait till the fall of amerikkka...

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    were unwelcomed on this planet... we come here, but are not from here. we are 9 either beings.

  • PYT93

    Thats fine and dandy. But see there is this place called JAIL ,where people who dont do what theyre supposed to do, go. Even people who kill people go here to LIVE the rest of their lives.

    I am not one to blame racism for everyrhing,but I literally just watched a white man threaten to murder an officer and his family REACH in his pants after officer told him dont or he'll shoot,pull out his cell phone and make a call. No one fired a single shot. I was dumbfounded. I mean they will dang near let you snatch a limb if you are white, but blink too hard or run away too swiftly and you deserve to die without evidence you are even the suspect in question?

  • the guest

    Exactly.

  • the guest

    And he didn't try to take a gun, that story was made up by the police as an excuse.

  • Dowoop

    Primarily in America. There are still black men in other countries.

  • Dowoop

    Glad i dont live in the US

  • shun king

    thats how i feel when a black guy killed a 9 months pregnant woman and her husband because he saw some money they posted on face book

  • Kemi

    And that’s justified!

  • shun king

    to those blacks who are protesting its an none issue

  • Trace da Ace

    yall surprised???

  • dontgetblocked

    He was running from the police with a ghetto bird following him from above.

  • dontgetblocked

    I look at each case separately. This man was being pursued by police and there was a ghetto bird hovering above. He was guilty...breaking glass patio doors and car windows. He also just got out of jail...again.

  • Jamal Warner

    Does all that you mention justify him being killed?

  • Jamal Warner

    Yet, the video shows no evidence of a crime being committed.

  • sunni_daze

    But I am speaking of America. And best believe this is not just an American thing.

  • sunni_daze

    Wrong. You stupid fucktard