UC Davis medical students, staff stage ‘die-in’ protest for Stephon Clark

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) — An abnormal scene at the UC Davis hospital center Monday — dozens of doctors, medical students and staff staged a die-in.

“We take an oath as medical students to do no harm, to cure illness, treat injuries, to comfort the afflicted. We are here to stand with our community,” said medical student Spencer May.

Current and future doctors in their scrubs and white coats laid on the ground for 12 minutes.

They say each minute represents a month without justice for Stephon Clark.

Community members are now urging the police chief and city manager to fire the two officers who shot and killed Clark. The officers say they feared for their lives when they mistook his cellphone for a gun.

“I want to invite us to Continue to push to call out those two officers and to demand they are not policing our community any longer,” said Pastor Les Simmons.

Doctors say health care is on the frontlines of violence and trauma.

“We want to call on our health care system at UC Davis to bring more resources to address the acute and long term effects of violence and trauma,” May said.

Monday’s demonstration also served as a push for a proposed law to restrict police use of force — legislation lawmakers are expected to debate within the coming weeks.

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