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What a former prosecutor finds ‘very concerning’ in Stephon Clark case

The former prosecutor says now that the state's attorney general will oversee the Sacramento Police Department's investigation, the community must give them time to work.

A former federal prosecutor says there is one aspect of the Stephon Clark investigation that is “very concerning” to him.

"The thing that's troubling was turning off the mics,” said Donald Heller. “Muting the mics? Muting the mics is something that is very troubling to an experienced prosecutor.”

Heller says now that the state's attorney general will oversee the Sacramento Police Department's investigation, the community must give them time to work.

"Something like this, I would estimate two months or less to have a decision,” Heller said.

The release of the body cam video within 72 hours of the incident, the police chief promising transparency at every turn, and now the announcement of independent investigators, are all positive developments, according to Heller.

"They are doing the right things," he said. “They are crossing every T and dotting every I. We have quality people conducting an investigation, and it's critically important to conduct a fair investigation.”