The unrest continues after Stephon Clark died
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The 22-year-old unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police in with his grandparents in the backyard – sparking widespread protests will be laid to rest Thursday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, that the death of Stephon Clark “an atrocity,” gives the eulogy at the funeral service scheduled for 11 am local time in Bayside South san francisco church.
Clark’s cousin, Suzette Clark, told the Associated Press that the family wants Clark to be remembered as “more than just a hashtag.”
“I just hope that it can bring people together,” she said. “Emotions are heightened, but I hope everyone comes and shows compassion.”
California’s capital city is on the edge since two Sacramento police officers who were responding to a report of someone breaking car windows fatal shot Stephon in his grandparents ‘ backyard. The police says that she thought he was holding a gun, but he was happy to be alone with a mobile phone.
Stephon Clark’s brother says Sacramento failed the people
Protesters – including Clark’s brother, Stevante, which disrupted a city council meeting earlier this week and chanted the name of his brother called for the police to face criminal prosecution.
“We are not angry at the enforcement of the law. We try not to start a riot,” Shernita Crosby, Clark’s aunt said. “We want to let the world know, that we had to stop because black lives matter.”
The protests have blocked fans from entering the NBA arena in downtown Sacramento Kings games.
Funeral for Stephon Clark, followed by a presser
Authorities discuss what measures need to be taken before the Kings’ Thursday night game against the Indiana Pacers.
On Thursday morning, the Kings announced the team, along with Black Lives Matter and is creating an education fund for Clark’s children. The team also said it has partnered with a local group with the name “Build. Black. Coalition” that supports black communities in Sacramento.
“This fund may not be able to solve the problems that led to the death of their father,” the coalition said in a statement. “But it will secure opportunities for their future, while the family and the city is struggling with healing.”
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— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 25, 2018
In a spontaneous and heartfelt speech on Wednesday night game, the Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said the shooting was “absolutely terrible.”
“I also wanted to say that we at the Kings people recognize the opportunity to protest peacefully and we respect that. We here at the Kings recognize that we have a great platform,” he said to the crowd. “It is a privilege, but it is also a responsibility. It is a responsibility that we take very seriously and we are here for you – old, young, black, white, brown – and we are all united in our dedication.”
Sacramento Kings guard The’Aaron Fox, right, along with teammates and the Boston Celtics players wore a T-shirt in memory of Stephon Clark, who was killed in a confrontation with Sacramento Police on March 18 for the start of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, California.
On Wednesday, about 50 protesters took over the intersection in the vicinity of the Sacramento district attorney’s office. In New York City, hundreds of people marched to protest against the shooting. At least 11 people were arrested as tensions flared, and a police officer was injured when a protester hurled a glass bottle in his face during the demonstration in Times Square.
The California attorney general’s office on Tuesday joined the research, a movement Sacramento police chief Daniel Hahn said that he hopes to bring “faith and transparency” to a case that he said has led to an “extremely high emotions, anger and pain in our city.”
The Rev. Shane Harris of the National Action Network, a civil rights group founded by Sharpton, said this week that Clark’s funeral “will be a national day of mourning for this family and for Stephon Clark. But it will also be a national day of justice.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang