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Protest fatal police shooting delays NBA game in Sacramento

Veronica Curry and others protest the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, outside City Hall in Sacramento, Calif., March 22, 2018.

(Associated Press)

Hundreds of protesters formed a human chain across the entrance of the sports arena in downtown Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday evening, in response to Sunday’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

The protesters chanted “don’t shoot, it’s a mobile phone!” in reference to the death of Stephon Clark, 22, who was shot multiple times by police, but was using only an iPhone.

Photos: Protest of police shooting, runs over to the I-5, then on to the Golden 1 Center and Kings game https://t.co/OC1DuVQaSh

— The Sacramento Bee (@sacbee_news) March 23, 2018

The police had been investigating reports of someone breaking car windows when they encountered Clark.

In the arena, a sparse crowd was watching a NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks. The game was postponed, but not canceled because of the protest.

Release of Audio/Video Related to Officer-Involved Shooting on 29th Street, https://t.co/glmS2UGFQ8 #sacpd

— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) March 21, 2018

Earlier in the day, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he was shocked by the fatal shooting, but would not guess what the “split-second judgments” of officers. He praised Daniel Hahn, the city’s first black chief of police, for the quick releasing of the videos of the shoot with an increase of the transparency.

The disabled arena entrance followed demonstrations that began around 3 a.m. in the vicinity of City Hall, protesters made their way to Interstate 5. The traffic was backed up for nearly a mile, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Shortly after 6 a.m., the highway protesters had moved to the entrance of the arena, the Golden 1 Center, chanting “Shut it down!” and holding ” Black Lives Matter banners. Thousands of fans were forced to wait outside.

Statement of the Sacramento Kings on Tonight’s Game ” https://t.co/zBkCerZOfI pic.twitter.com/Heg9eFcPxK

— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) On March 23, 2018

Because of the small number of fans in the arena, they were allowed to get closer to the court appeal and received free drinks and snacks.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

This is a development of the story.

 

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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