Jul 01, 2020
Family Of Slain Sacramento Librarian Amber Clark Now Suing Police And Prosecutors
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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The family of slain librarian Amber Clark is suing the Sacramento police and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office over the release of tracing results from the weapon allegedly used in her killing.
Now, her husband Kelly Clark is suing to force prosecutors to release it. He hopes to use the records to push for stricter gun control laws.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her and what was taken from her,” Kelly Clark said. “I don’t think I could wake up and look at myself in the mirror every day If I didn’t give my best to keep pursuing, and fighting for change.”
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The suspect, Ronald Seay, was arrested within hours of the deadly shooting and charged with Clark’s murder. The weapon allegedly used was a gun legally purchased in Missouri.
“I mean, it’s been 18 months since Amber was murdered and you’d hope that you’d be able to get this information well before then,” Kelly Clark said.
Sacramento police declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office released a statement reading in part, “…our ethical requirements sometimes prevent us from disclosing information to the public and, unfortunately, even to our victims during the pendency of a case. That includes the request for information related to firearms purchasing and tracing, which is restricted by federal law.”
Federal law expert Mark Reichel says the lawsuit will pit California’s constitutional victims’ bill of rights against federal law.
“I don’t know what interest the federal government would have to override a Californian constitutional amendment, giving the victims the right to know this type of information,” Reichel said.
Now as prosecutors seek to convict a Sacramento librarian’s alleged killer for murder, her family is suing police and the DA in an effort to change the system.
“It’s not enough to simply prosecute,” Kelly Clark said. “How do we prevent this?”
Once this lawsuit is served, the Sacramento police and DA will have 30 days to respond to it.
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Prosecutors: California Officer Justified in Killing Teen
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A police officer was justified in killing a 17-year-old girl who pointed what appeared to be a gun at him on a packed Southern California freeway last year, according to an investigation released Tuesday.
Fullerton Officer Scott Flynn reasonably believed that the teenager was going to kill him with what was later found to be a realistic-looking BB gun, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
“Based on the totality of all the circumstances, it was necessary for Officer Flynn to react by firing his weapon in self-defense and defense of others,” Deputy District Attorney Avery Harrison wrote in a letter about the investigation sent to the Fullerton police chief on June 22. The letter was made public Tuesday.
“Although the incident is deeply saddening, resulting in the death of a minor with mental illness, Officer Flynn did not commit a crime,” the prosecutor wrote.
The letter didn't name the teen, but her family previously identified her as Hannah Linn Williams, the Orange County Register reported.
The girl had disappeared in a rented SUV hours before the July 5, 2019, killing, authorities said.
Flynn was driving an injured police dog to a veterinarian when the SUV sped past him at more than 100 mph on an Anaheim freeway, then slowed, forcing him to brake and change lanes to avoid a crash, Harrison wrote.
The SUV then turned and hit the front end of the patrol car and ended up parked the wrong way on a freeway ramp.
Video from Flynn's body-worn camera shows him walking toward the SUV and facing the teenager, who points what appears to be a gun at him, the newspaper reported.
Flynn fired several shots, and the teen died at a hospital.
Her family said Williams had tried to run away and kill herself in the past, the Register said.
In 2018, she was found with a hunting knife on a street and told officers she had planned to kill someone, the prosecutor's letter said.
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