Protests Over Police Shooting Result in Sparse NBA Crowd

Game in Sacramento was delayed as protesters converged on arena in name of Stephon Clark
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2018 10:37 AM CDT
Protesters Block Stadium, Interstate Over Police Shooting
Many seats of the Golden 1 Center sit empty for the Sacramento Kings' NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, after protesters blocked the entrance to the Golden 1 Center, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The demonstration was over the shooting death of Stephon Clark on Sunday...   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Body camera and helicopter footage of Sacramento police officers firing some 20 rounds at a 22-year-old father of two holding only a cellphone is out—and the reaction is intense. A day after the videos and 911 call audio were released, protesters blocked the entrance to Sacramento's Golden 1 Center Thursday, shouting "Stephon Clark" and "Black Lives Matter," reports CNN. Initially delayed, an NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks went on to be played in front of the relatively few fans who could get inside before the doors were closed to everyone else. (This photo shows an empty upper deck along with empty sections in the lower part of the arena.)

Earlier Thursday, protesters shut down Interstate 5 following a march to City Hall, calling for the arrest of two officers involved in Sunday's shooting. Video shows both firing at Clark after one officer says, "Show me your hands! Gun! Gun! Gun!" per NPR. It's another five minutes before the officers approach Clark and discuss life-saving measures. One officer then asks for the camera's sound to be muted. "It is vital that we give voice to the pain in our community, especially the African-American community," Mayor Darrell Steinberg said Thursday, urging protesters to remain peaceful. "I feel the community's anguish." Police say the protesters began to disperse later Thursday. No arrests were made, per CNN. (More police shooting stories.)

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