From Attorney Ben Crump  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The press conference announced by Attorney Ben Crump regarding the shooting death by police of Stephon Clark has been MOVED to take place in front of Sacramento City Hall today at 10:30 a.m. (Pacific), in conjunction with the National Action Network/NAACP event this morning at that time and place.   The list of speakers at the press conference will now include Alice Huffman, president of the NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference; the Rev. Shane Harris, National Action Network Senior Leadership California; Betty Williams, president of the NAACP Sacramento Branch; and members of Stephon Clark's family.
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The Sacramento Police Department has issued new direction on how and when officers can mute their body cameras, Police Chief Daniel Hahn said Tuesday.

The temporary order comes as footage from a police body camera captured someone telling officers to mute their body cameras last month after police fatally shot Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man in his grandmother’s backyard. The muting of the cameras stoked suspicion among community members.

The order, issued last Wednesday, is effective immediately while the department updates its policy, Hahn told the city council as he answered questions on police procedures and police.

Officers can mute or deactivate their body cameras when talking to a doctor, nurse or paramedic or when a victim or witness refuses to give a recorded statement, the police chief said.

Other instances include when working with sexual assault or rape and in extraordinary circumstances and only with a supervisor’s approval, Hahn said.

“Any time an officer deactivates or mutes their camera, they must now audibly record on that camera the reason for the deactivation and muting before ever muting,” Hahn told the council.

Stephon Clark is shown with his two children.

Hahn said the department policy around the time of Clark’s death addressed deactivation, but not specially muting the body cameras.

Officers were given direction regarding muting in their body camera training. Those instances included for personal conversations, personnel conversations with a supervisor or tactical discussions, the police chief said.

The body cameras were implemented within the past year, Hahn said.

Hahn said the department already had been updating the body camera policy and looking at the issue of muting before the March 18 shooting.

Two Sacramento officers who shot Clark, 22, were responding to a report that a man had broken car windows and was hiding in a backyard, police said.

Police said they pursued a man – later identified as Clark – who hopped a fence into his grandmother’s property.

They fired at Clark because they believed he was pointing a gun at them, police have said. But only his cellphone was found at the scene.

Police fired 20 times at Clark. An independent autopsy shows that Clark was shot by Sacramento police eight times, and six of those wounds were in his back, according to Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist retained by Clark’s family to conduct a separate autopsy.

The shooting led to days of protests and tension and calls for accountability and police reform.