The family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot 14 times by Sacramento cops in 2016 have said the recent death of Stephon Clark under a hail of gunfire in his grandmother's backyard shows nothing has changed.
Joseph C. Mann, 50, died on July 11, 2016, just 20 months before unarmed father-of-two Clark was hit by eight bullets, including seven in the back, in a killing that has sparked nationwide protests.
Joseph Mann's brother, Robert, 54, said his first thought at seeing footage of two policemen standing over the prone body of a black man was, 'Here we go again'.
Robert Mann, the brother of Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento police in July 2016, say the recent shooting of Stephon Clark shows not enough has changed since his sibling's death. He is shown with his sister, Deborah. His other sister, Veronica, is not picturediPhone transfer software
For his sister, Veronica Murphy-Mann, who runs a child's care centre, it felt like 'an old wound, that hadn't entirely healed, opened up again'.
'The only surprise was that it happened so shortly after what happened to my brother,' she told NBC News.
'You would think, OK, you have one high-profile case already and you are talking about transparency and reform and all that you are doing and fixing. But what are you really doing?'
Protests over Clark's shooting have been continuing in Sacramento for four consecutive nights, with activists demanding cops face charges.
On Friday, some 250 activists gathered at City Hall and chanted for about half an hour before beginning a march through the streets of the California state capital.
They denounced the city’s police department, chanting ‘F*** Sac PD!’ and ‘The whole damn system is guilty as hell'.
Joseph C. Mann, 50, (left) died on July 11, 2016, just 20 months before unarmed father-of-two Clark (right) was hit by eight bullets, including seven in the back, in a killing that has sparked nationwide protests
Robert Mann (right) discusses the shooting of his brother during a news conference in Sacramento. His sister, Deborah, is pictured middle
Anger has focused on the results of a recent autopsy which contradicted officers' claims that Clark appeared to be pointing a gun at them when he was shot - although the only item in his possession was a cellphone.
Dr Bennet Omalu, a medical examiner hired by Clark's family, used a body diagram to show where each bullet hit the father-of-two, 22, breaking bones and piercing his lung.
'You could reasonably conclude that he received seven gunshot wounds from his back,' he said. 'He was shot from the back.
'The proposition that he was facing the officers is inconsistent with the prevailing forensic evidence.'
The results have been seized upon by protesters who insist Clark posed no immediate risk to the police when they shot him.
Mann's siblings are similarly insistent that police had many other options beyond using a gun when they found their brother 'unstable and ranting' on a city street.