Social Justice Movement Targets Race for Sacramento County DA
The office of Sacramento County District Attorney Marie Schubert was engulfed in protests last week, as groups and individuals enraged over the March 18 shooting of Stephon Clark set their sights on the county’s police chief and its DA.
Black Lives Matter protestors demanded Schubert file criminal charges against the police who shot 22-year-old Clark. Schubert’s office has said the matter is still under police investigation and has not yet reached the stage of prosecutorial discretion.
Schubert is now one of several California county DA’s in the social justice movement’s crosshairs. Real Justice PAC, a group which seeks to elect “reform-minded” prosecutors committed to fighting racial and social injustice, has already begun funneling money to Schubert’s Democratic opponent Noah Phillips. Real Justice PAC and likeminded groups have been targeting DA races all over the country and state.
Schubert’s opponent fits that bill. If elected, he has already pledged to reopen the 2016 police shooting death of Joseph Manning, 50. Schubert’s office was criticized by the black community for failing to prosecute the two officers in that case.
Sacramento’s race for District Attorney will be decided on June 5.