Sacramento police release footage of unarmed man's fatal shooting

Protest over police shooting of unarmed black man delays NBA game

Protest over police shooting of unarmed black man delays NBA game

The protests gained national attention on Thursday when demonstrators gathered outside the Golden 1 Center during a basketball game, blocking people from entering.

Most ticketholders weren't able to get inside, and the Sacramento Police said via Twitter that "no one else will be admitted to the #SacKings game". The game between the Kings and Atlanta Hawks started about 20 minutes late and was played before about 2,000 fans in the 17,000-seat arena.

The protesters rallied against the deadly police shooting of Stephon Clark.

On Sunday night, police were responding to reports of a black male breaking into a auto and hiding in a backyard, officials said. This time, an officer yells at Clark to show his hands, then begins shouting, "Gun, gun, gun!"

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.

In the footage, both officers reassure each other that they have not been hit. "Stop! Stop!" an officer yells. Police had been called to check reports of someone breaking into cars.

A protester holds a photo of Stephon Clark during a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside of Sacramento City Hall on March 22, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Police say he turned and advanced toward the officers while holding an object in front of him.

"On Sunday we had a horrific, horrific tragedy in our community", Ranadivé said, in reference to the shooting, and conveyed sympathies for the Clark family.

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As Clark jumped backyard fences, two patrol officers joined the chase.

Body camera footage shows officers checking yards and speaking with neighbors before a sheriffs helicopter spots Clark in the backyard.

"He (Clark) didn't make any threats against the police, there is no evidence he committed a crime, there was no warning from the police, there was no identification from the police", Crump said.

The protests on Thursday followed the release of police body cam footage the day before that revealed the officers had muted the microphones on their cameras soon after the shooting. "Gun, gun, gun!" an officer shouts in one video before he and his partner fire repeatedly at a dark figure.

Clark was suspected of breaking into cars in a South Sacramento neighborhood. On the video, the officers can not be heard saying they are police. As part of the department's protocol, this incident is being investigated in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, the Sacramento City Attorney's Office and the City's Office of Public Safety Accountability. Media outlets have reported this as an official police statement, in addition to the news that Clark allegedly broke a window with a "tool bar" minutes before the shooting.

"He was right there dead", Sequita Thompson told the Sacramento Bee.

Clark's death comes on the heels of other high-profile instances of law enforcement shooting unarmed black men in recent years, including the deaths Michael Brown in 2014 and Walter Scott three years ago.

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