The two officers failed to identify themselves or issue a verbal warning before firing approximately 20 shots, the suit said. She said that the bodycam video suggests that Clark's arms "were extended in a shooting stance" and the officers saw a flash, which one mistook for the metallic glint of a gun and the other thought it was the muzzle flash of a shot.
And that question is: Was a crime committed?
"There's no question that a human being died", Schubert told reporters. "My job as a district attorney is to make sure that we conduct a full, fair and independent review of this shooting".
"The evidence in this case demonstrates that both officers had an honest and reasonable belief that they were in imminent danger of death or great bodily injury", Schubert wrote in a seven-page summary that accompanied the report.
Since then, the city has carried out an investigation into the shooting, which concluded on March 2 with the announcement that no charges would be filed against officers Mercadal and Robinet.
Schubert played body-camera footage of the confrontation which appeared to show the flash, which she said the officers took for a gunshot. She said she had met that morning with Clark's mother, whose grief was "very apparent". Text messages showed he was possibly suicidal that night following a domestic violence incident involving the mother of one of his children.
The police department should also prohibit officers from shooting at, or from, moving vehicles, Becerra's report said. However, Clark was on parole for four previous arrests and seemed to be anxious he would go back to jail. He also conducted several web searches for how to commit suicide, as well as reaching out to individuals to try and obtain Valium or Xanax.
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Clark's mother, SeQuette, told reporters outside a family home in Sacramento that she was outraged.
Relatives of a black man fatally shot by police officers while holding a cellphone say they will press their "pursuit of justice" after prosecutors in California declined to bring charges against the officers.
Directed to Clark's location by the sheriff's helicopter, the officers chased Clark to a backyard. Later, Clark's grandmother, Sequita Thompson, was taken by ambulance to a hospital after falling ill.
She says: "They executed my son".
Se'Quette Clark added that Schubert has never charged an officer with a homicide, saying, "she has shown us time and time again who she is and what she stands for, which is not fairness or justice".
The district attorney said she wanted to include all the evidence investigators gathered that likely would have come up in a trial. "We have not begun to fight", Se'Quette Clark added.
"It was clear today that the Sacramento District Attorney had chosen to advocate for officers Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet rather than the victim, Stephon Clark", attorney Brian Panish said in a statement. Clark's two sons, his parents, and his grandparents have sued the City of Sacramento and two police officers involved in the shooting for at least $20 million in damages in a wrongful-death lawsuit, alleging that the shooting of Clark was racially motivated and that police used excessive force.