Sacramento Kings/Indiana Pacers game goes on despite protestors
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 3/30/2018, 11:44 a.m.
The NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers got underway without a hitch despite Black Lives Matter protestors outside the arena, reports Fox News. Police were in force in riot gear ready to stop protestors from blocking fans from entering the arena who were there protesting the shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark last week. Clark’s brother Stevante had implored demonstrators not to block the arena. The group did succeed, however, in bottling up traffic in the area for a few hours. Clark was shot on March 18 by two police officers responding to a call of someone breaking car windows in the area where the young father of two lived. The officers claim they thought he had a gun, but it turned out to be his cell phone. Black Lives Matter Sacramento was into its third day of protests on Thursday, calling for justice for Clark, who appears to be another victim of an unnecessary police shooting. Heavy security was set up around the Golden I Center prior to the basketball game. Protests have taken in other California cities as well this week, including Compton. Rev. Al Sharpton was on hand and spoke at Clark’s funeral on Thursday, adding his voice to those around the nation calling for serious review of law enforcement’s continued heavy use of gun violence when called to crime scenes involving Black males. Sharpton called on officials to “stop the madness.”