Kim Kardashian is continuing to fight the good fight.
The KKW Beauty founder is bringing renewed attention to Stephon Clark, a black man who was fatally shot by police in Sacramento two years ago.
“On March 18, 2018 Stephon Clark was murdered by Sacramento police in his grandmother’s backyard,” Kardashian shared on Instagram and Twitter alongside a photo of Clark and a link to a petition demanding justice for him. “He was a father of 2 & shot over 20 times by the officers. Please sign this petition to demand justice for the family of Stephon Clark.”.
Kardashian’s post came after Clark’s sister, Tiana Parker, who modeled for KKW Beauty in the past, sent a message to the Kardashian and told her brother’s story. Parker asked the reality star to use her “power and privilege” to help her family and shed light on Clark’s story.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much I understand that this is all really traumatizing for you and I’m so sorry,” Kardashian responded. “I emailed someone I know in Sacramento and will for sure post about your brother and bring as much awareness as possible.”.
After the shooting in March 2018, emotions ran high when protests and rallies disrupted traffic and blocked access to NBA basketball games. At least one city council meeting was interrupted by protesters.
Last year, prosecutors announced they would not charge two Sacramento police officers in the fatal shooting of Clark, an unarmed black man, in his grandmother’s backyard, saying video evidence showed the cops had a reasonable belief at the time that the victim had a weapon and threatened their lives.
Shortly after Clark’s death in 2018, Parker shared a screenshot of her modeling campaign with KKW to Instagram and wrote a sweet message to Clark.
“Every achievement I make is for #stephonclark so I gotta go hard! I’m going to make our family so proud, I promise! Thank you for having me @kkwbeauty @kimkardashian.
This one is for you lil brother,” she captioned her post.
Kardashian has long been an advocate for social justice. Last year, she revealed she wanted to be a lawyer inspired by her successful bid to free 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson from a life behind bars after a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.
In March, President Donald Trump hosted the aspiring lawyer and met with three women whose prison sentences he recently commuted at the White House to draw attention to criminal justice reform.
Kardashian was accompanied by newly freed Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz and Judith Negron, as well as Alice Johnson – a woman who was serving a life sentence for cocaine trafficking until Trump granted her clemency in 2018 after hearing a plea from the reality star.
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Contributing: Doug Stanglin and Dalvin Brown.