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Fatal police shooting protest disrupts NBA game

Protest over police shooting of unarmed black man delays NBA game Modal Trigger AP
Nina Mathis | 24 March, 2018, 16:35

Protests erupted in Sacramento four days after Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was shot by police in his grandmother's backyard.

Linking arms and chanting the victim's name, the protestors blocked many fans from entering the arena, briefly delaying a scheduled game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks, according to a report in NBC News. The game started about 15 minutes late while the arena was mostly empty.

Stephon Alonzo Clark, 22, died in a hail of police gunshots Sunday night in the darkened backyard of the home where he had been staying with his grandparents.

The recordings released by the department include the original 911 call about a man breaking auto windows that police had responded to Sunday night. When they catch up with them, one of the officers can be heard shouting "Hey, show me your hands" before shouting "gun" repeatedly, with shots ringing out shortly after.

On Sunday, officers fired 20 times at Clark, hitting him multiple times, police told CNN affiliate KOVR. The officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them. "Gun, gun, gun", one of the officers yells before they begin shooting. A 911 caller had reported to police that a man had "busted both my truck windows out, and he's in people's backyards right now".

Massive protests broke out at City Hall after news of the shooting, delaying a National Basketball Association game for the Sacramento Kings.

"We never said he had a gun".




Protesters blocked streets and for a while closed down Interstate 5. While the body camera footage worn by officers, reportedly showed the victim holding an unidentified object.

But he added that there are disturbing aspects to parts of the video that require investigation, including a snippet where one officer appears to confirm after the shooting that Clark had obeyed their commands to show his hands. STAR advised the subject had just picked up a toolbar and broke a window to a residence.

Clark was suspected of breaking into cars in a South Sacramento neighborhood.

"He (Clark) didn't make any threats against the police, there is no evidence he committed a crime, there was no warning from the police, there was no identification from the police", Crump said.

Police released body camera footage from the shooting on Wednesday night as well as thermal-imaging video from a Sacramento Sheriff's Department helicopter, which shows Clark running from a neighbor's yard and onto his grandmother's property. Sacramento's police chief is promising a thorough investigation. The suspect turned and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him.

"When we have that information and the public doesn't, we think its important to get that out", a representative of the firm told the Sacramento Bee.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a statement that Clark's death warrants a thorough review of the incident and of Sacramento's law enforcement policies. The officers involved in the shooting have since been placed on paid administrative leave.

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