Stevante Clark wants to make a change after his brother was fatally shot by police earlier this year.
The 25-year-old is now running for mayor of Sacramento and says he’s focused on making his hometown more safe.
His brother, Stephon Clark, was shot to death by Sacramento police while unarmed in his grandmother’s backyard.
The March killing ignited intense protests in Sacramento and across the country.
Some have questioned Stevante’s mental stability. His reaction was a very public grappling with grief after Clark has a second brother killed.
Stevante hopes he’s not judged by his “human reaction.”
“I was never arrested until my brother died,” Clark said. “So if people see me jumping on the mayor’s desk, I’ve apologized for that so if people see me jumping on the mayor’s desk and they don’t acknowledge my apology, then I think that’s pretty one-sided.”
Supporters are quick to address those who might question Stevante’s mental fitness, something he was treated for in April.
“Tell them to lose their sibling and then see how they react and respond,” Tayna Faison of Black Lives Matter said. “You’re gonna react a certain way and i think we need to give him the space to do that.”
Stevante tells KTXL that he wants to use any focus on him and his brother for the good of all Sacramentans.
“I’m for the people, I’m with the people,” he said.
To that end he knows the people will expect him to address reforms for those in uniform.
“That’s why we will be focusing a lot on police training,” Stevante said.
But also much more.
“The sex trafficking, the rent, the homelessness,” he explains.
Stevante’s most likely 2020 opponent, Sacramento’s current mayor Darrell Steinberg, declined to comment about Clark’s latest moves.
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