Black Lives Matter protesters disrupted the wedding of a Sacramento police officer after they found his wedding announcement online.
The protesters targeted the officer because of his alleged involvement in the shooting and death of Stephon Clark.
The 22-year-old Clark was shot in his grandparents’ backyard after police received a call about a potential robbery. Officers fired at Clark because they believed he had a gun. The “gun” was actually Clark’s cell phone.
Sacramento Police have not named the officers involved in Clark’s shooting due to safety concerns, but the names of officers linked to the shooting have been circulating online.
According to CBS 13, one of the officers believed to be involved in the shooting was getting married and posted his wedding announcement online. When Black Lives Matter activists found the announcement, they organized a protest.
The activists found the officer with his groomsmen prior to the wedding.
“I was just wondering if you planned your wedding before you killed Stephon Clark or after,” said one activist. “How have you been sleeping since March 18?”
The founder of Sacramento’s Black Lives Matter, Tanya Faison, told CBS 13, “We’re not violent. We’re not going to hurt anybody, but we are going to make them uncomfortable. And they should be uncomfortable because somebody is dead.”
According to Sergeant Vance Chandler of the Sacramento police, the officers involved in Clark’s shooting have faced regular death threats.
“This is a traumatic event for everyone involved,” said Chandler.
Faison doesn’t seem bothered by the officers’ fears.
“I think they need to be approached in spaces where they’re not… where they’re a little bit more vulnerable,” said Faison, adding, “I think [the wedding] is the perfect scenario because he’s going to remember this day for the rest of his life.”
Although the shooting happened in March, the District Attorney has not decided if anyone involved will face indictment.