Muslims in Baltimore protest fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by police in Sacramento

Source: Baltimore Sun

Safa Daftani stood in a crowd Sunday at the Inner Harbor holding a sign with a flow chart on it. “Are you Black? Muslim? Human?” it read. “Then why aren’t you outraged?!!”

The 16-year-old high school junior from central New Jersey had traveled to Baltimore with more than 20,000 other Muslims to attend the annual Islamic Circle of North America conference over the weekend. Hundreds of them came to McKeldin Square Sunday to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black Muslim man, Stephon Clark, by police in Sacramento, Calif., on March 18.


“At the end of the day, it’s human dignity,” she said. “People are desensitized. They hear ‘unarmed black man,’ ‘unarmed black man.’ He was a father, he was a husband, he was a brother. It hits home.”

Clark, 22, was shot in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento by a pair of police officers responding to a report of someone breaking car windows. Autopsy results released by the family said that he was shot six times in the back.

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