Last month, two Sacramento police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard. This shooting of yet another unarmed black man is just the latest incident in the nationwide trend of police use of excessive and sometimes lethal force toward people of color.

Officers Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet of the Sacramento Police Department were responding to a report of a man breaking car windows and running “through people’s backyards” when they discovered Clark in his own backyard. One officer in pursuit of Clark yelled, “Stop! Show us your hands!” Then, the other officer shouted “Gun! Gun! Gun!” Both officers shot a total of twenty bullets at Clark and continued to fire even after he fell to his hands and knees.

After the shooting, demonstrators in Sacramento displayed their frustration and rage by occupying City Hall and initiating a lockdown at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. Mr. Clark’s brother, Stevante, charged into a city council meeting. He leaped onto the mayor’s desk and led a chant of his brother’s name. After a heated exchange with the mayor, Mayor Darrell Steinberg granted him the floor. “The chief of police got my brother killed, and he don’t care,” Stevante stated while pointing at Chief Daniel Hahn. “He shows no emotion at all.”

Black Lives Matter Sacramento released a statement strongly condemning the actions of Officers Mercadel and Robinet, tying Clark’s murder to others around the country. “The list of black lives unjustly taken by law enforcement continues to grow, not just in Sacramento, but nationwide,” the statement read. “Stephon’s murder is among countless victims of abuse by local law enforcement within our community. Too many have yet to receive justice.” In 2018 alone, police have killed 351 people across the United States, 70 of whom were black and 16 of whom were unarmed.

Mr. Clark’s murder resembles the murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, all of whom were black, and unarmed when killed by law enforcement. Darren Wilson was the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner via chokehold in New York City. And in 2014, then-Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on a playground. Four different grand juries refused to indict any of these officers, despite incriminating evidence against all of them. In order to make progress on the issue of police brutality, the nation must address the severe lack of accountability toward police who use excessive force.