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Sacramento Kings Game Delayed by Black Lives Matter Protesters

Sacramento Kings Game Delayed by Black Lives Matter Protesters

Police say they feared he had a handgun when they confronted him after reports that he had been breaking windows in the South Sacramento neighborhood. "And we've also been in the halls of power, challenging lawmakers who have been unable to hold law enforcement accountable".

Both men and their bosses say that Mr. Bolton tried to have them fired because of their arguments with him over the intelligence - his interpretation of the intelligence. But Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of SC and an expert on police use of force, said the officers may have a tough time explaining why they jumped to the conclusion that Clark had a gun.

"We at the Kings recognize people's ability to protest peacefully and we respect that".

Steinberg said, "I feel the community's anguish". Clark's brother Stevante is reportedly "livid" with the Sacramento Police Department.

He also addressed another controversial part of the body camera video released Wednesday - officers muting their body camera audio minutes after the shooting - which is now part of the investigation. "It is not clear that Mr. Clark, standing in the back yard of his own property and suspected of acts of vandalism presented "an imminent threat of death or serious injury" to the officers or others, still less that twenty shots were "strictly unavoidable in order to protect life". The protest, which was organized by Black Lives Matter Sacramento, briefly spilled onto Interstate 5 after the group left City Hall.

Protesters had walked onto Interstate 5 in downtown Sacramento the previous day, snarling rush hour traffic before blocking entry to thousands of Sacramento Kings fans at the Golden 1 Center. "When they fire their service weapons, they believed that this individual had a firearm", said Sacramento Police Sargeant Vance Chandler.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn told The Sacramento Bee on Thursday that he thinks the man breaking windows was Clark, but that he could not factually confirm it was him.

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Protesters linked arms and blocked fans from getting into the arena. "I understand it and we understand it".

Each one of BLM network's California chapters are thinking about ways to harness the attention on Clark's case to push forward with their policy work, Khan-Cullors said.

"Emotions are understandably high". The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave amid a use of force investigation, according to CNN. "I urge our community to remain peaceful". Protesters had jumped and pounded on parked police vehicles, including one with a female officer inside.

Clark's grandmother said she was inside the house when the shots were fired, and saw her grandson with an iPhone.

"We are a lovely people in Sacramento", she said.

Clark's family members have disputed the police account.

But in an arguably rare moment, Kings owner Vivek Randivé took center court before the start of Thursday's game to offer his sympathy to Clark's family and to call his death "horrific". "We recognize that it's not just business as usual, and we are going to work really hard to bring everyone together to make the world a better place, starting with our own community".