CC4J held a press conference on February 9th in front of the Chico City Council Chambers. It was more than a press conference to announce CC4J's objections to the DA's findings, it was truly a moment to honor Stephen's life, and to offer alternative possibilities that could have ended with Stephen Vest being alive today.
The CC4J presenters put together a powerful presentation sharing information about who Stephen was, including observing 50 seconds of silence signifying the 50 seconds from the time police arrived on the scene to the time Stephen was shot dead. A timeline of the incidents leading to Stephen's death was detailed and the basic questions raised by these incidents. Eight recommendations for the Chico City Council and Chico Police Department were read.
This was followed by members of the public making statements (the rally) - also very powerful. One of the first to speak was a man who knew Stephen and cared deeply for him. Then others spoke, including CC4J members, all deeply moving and eloquent testimonials.
The conference closed with a call and response saying the names of Butte County residents who died at the hands of law enforcement in the last 20 years. A somber close to the day's events.
Here is an article in the Enterprise-Record Newspaper about the Press Conference.
This is the List of Recommendations for the City Council from CC4J