Mar 30, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: A pair of holy days have converged. It’s Good Friday, and Passover begins at sundown.

1 big thing: the Stephon Clark autopsy

Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was killed by Sacramento police last week, was shot eight times from behind, according to an autopsy released this afternoon by the family, Axios' Michael Sykes reports.


  • Most of the shots hit Clark in the back, the autopsy report said, but he was hit once in his side.
  • “You could reasonably conclude that he received seven gunshot wounds from his back," Dr. Bennet Omalu said in a press conference today.
  • The report also claims it took between three to 10 minutes for Clark to die, "raising questions about why Mr. Clark was not given more immediate medical care after the shooting," writes the NYT.

Why it matters: Benjamin Crump, the Clark family attorney, said the autopsy results indicate Clark was not moving in a threatening way as officers indicated in the police report.

The big picture: 264 people have been shot and killed by police in 2018, according to a Washington Post tracker. Of that total, 57 were African-American.

2. What you missed

Steven Ash holds a sign with an image of Stephon Clark as he waits in line to enter funeral services. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  1. The U.S. military says an improvised explosive device killed two members of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria, one of whom was an American. More.
  2. More red-state teacher revolts: Teachers across 26 counties in Kentucky called out sick today after lawmakers passed a pension bill that prevents state employees from adding accumulated unused sick days to their retirement plans, as well as reducing the return on investment on hybrid savings accounts with the state. What they're saying.
  3. A Florida jury found Noor Salman not guilty of aiding and abetting her husband's attack on the Pulse nightclub. Go deeper.
  4. The next monster Chinese IPO: Meituan-Dianping, which bills itself as China’s largest provider of on-demand online services like group buying, food ordering and ride hailing. Details.
  5. ABC has renewed its revival of "Roseanne" for a second season, the network announced today. The reboot has earned huge ratings.
3. 1 somber thing

Exterior view of the balcony where Martin Luther King, Jr was shot at the Lorraine Motel, now the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images

"Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the civil rights movement he led," according to a new AP/NORC poll.

  • "Three-quarters of African Americans said there has been little or no progress on fair treatment by police..."
  • "[M]ore than half answered the same about fair coverage by the media, political representation or equal economic opportunities.
Mike Allen