Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Kings’ game against Atlanta on Thursday tipped off with a sparse crowd in the stands and the doors to the arena locked.
Sacramento was forced to put the Golden 1 Center on lockdown, stopping most fans from attending the game, as protesters took to the streets over the police shooting of 23-year-old Stephon Clark.
Stephon’s brother, Stevante, was part of the protest and addressed the crowd outside the arena.
Veronica Curry, wearing a shirt reading "20 Shots" and "Warning, Cellphone in Use - No Guns," raises her fist as she marches along Interstate 5 during a rally on Thursday in Sacramento, Calif., protesting the police shooting of unarmed man Stephon Clark. (HECTOR AMEZCUA/THE SACRAMENTO BEE VIA AP)
“All these kids, we got to love,” he said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “All we got is community.”
Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American man, was shot at 20 times and killed in his grandparent’s backyard Sunday by Sacramento cops who believed he was holding a gun. They were responding to a 911 call about a man who broke three car windows.
Police, follwing an investigation of the shooting, said Stephon was holding an iPhone, not a gun.
Weird vibe in @Golden1Center. A couple of thousand fans made it inside before doors locked. pic.twitter.com/7kTqoUNMU4
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) March 23, 2018
After the game began on a small delay, the Kings said in a statement that fans with tickets waiting outside the arena near the protests should go home.
“Due to law enforcement being unable to ensure ticketed fans could safely enter the arena, the arena remains closed and we ask fans outside to travel home,” the team said. “We will issue further information soon regarding a refund."
The Sacramento Police took to Twitter to make a similar announcement and referred to the protests as “unforeseen circumstances."
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive addressed the crowd at the end of the game, which Sacramento won, 105-90.
Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Randivé took the microphone after the game to address the circumstances under which the game was played and the tragedy which preceded it. pic.twitter.com/OTKC2Zdqmg
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) March 23, 2018
He called the shooting a "horrific tragedy" and said the team will use their "big platform"to bring the community together.
"We recognize its not just business as usual," Ranadive said.
Protests started early in the day at city hall and reached the home of the Kings shortly before the game was scheduled to begin.
The small number of fans who made it into the arena before the doors closed were allowed to move down close to the court.
Groups of people, both protestors and fans with tickets to the game, near the arena. (KCRA3 VIA AP)
When police received the initial call about broken car windows on Sunday, deputies perched in a helicopter above Sacramento reportedly saw the suspect breaking the glass door of an unoccupied home.
In footage from the chopper, Stephon Clark is seen jumping a fence to get into his grandparents’ backyard.
As officers approached the house moments later, one can be heard yelling “Show me your hands! Gun!”
A birds-eye view of the protest for #StephonClark outside the @Golden1Center. Fans have been told the game is delayed but many think it wil be canceled. pic.twitter.com/KSFOOECZmZ
— Frances Wang (@FrancesWangTV) March 23, 2018
About four seconds following that, the officer yells, “Show me your hands! Gun! Gun! Gun!” before himself and another cop fire 20 bullets in the span of two seconds.
A different cop is later heard on the film saying “"He was still pointing (a gun) when I saw him again.”
Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American man, was shot 20 times and killed in his grandparent’s backyard Sunday by Sacramento cops who believed he was holding a gun.(FACEBOOK)
But the officers were mistaken.
Sacramento Police Department said, “After an exhaustive search, scene investigators did not locate any firearms. The only item found near the suspect was a cell phone.”
“He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard? C’mon now, they didn’t have to do that,” Stephon’s grandmother Sequita Thompson told the Sacramento Bee.

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