Several rallies were held in the city of Sacramento last year after Sacramento Police killed an unarmed man, Stephon Clark, in his grandmother’s backyard. Clark, 22, was holding a cell phone that police said they thought was a weapon.
The officers who killed Clark — Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet — will escape prosecution in his death, according to a recent announcement. According to an independent autopsy, Clark was shot eight times by police, including six times in his back.
The incident sparked outrage, and the rallies delayed multiple Sacramento Kings games. Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins offered to pay for Clark’s funeral, and NBA teams even wore shirts speaking of accountability for police methodology.
On Saturday, after word came down of no charges being filed against Mercadal and Robinet, Cousins decided to honor Clark’s memory with a special set of shoes for the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Phildaelphia 76ers.
Cousins is still obviously deeply connected to the Sacramento area and likely always will be.