Kings Blame Police, Not Protesters, For Blocking Access To NBA Game

After protesters barricaded the Kings v Hawks NBA game, the Kings issued a statement blaming police.

Sacramento, CA - Black Lives Matter protesters surrounded the Golden1Stadium Thursday night, shutting off access to the Sacramento Kings v Atlanta Hawks game.

After the stadium was surrounded, security pulled back and locked the doors, locking out all but the few fans who arrived early.

The game started 19-minutes late, with a mostly empty stadium, according to Washington Post.

The Kings later released as statement about why the game was delayed, but rather than blame the protesters, they blamed the police.

“Tonight’s game began with a delay. Due to law enforcement being unable to ensure ticketed fans could safely enter the arena, the arena remains closed and we ask fans outside to travel home. We will issue further information soon regarding a refund,” the Kings said in a statement.

That's right, according to the NBA team, it's law enforcement's fault, not fault of the protesters'.

Earlier in the day, the protesters were at city hall and blocked Interstate 5.

The protesters are upset over the officer-involved shooting of Stephon Clark on Sunday night.

False reports of officers shooting Clark 20 times in the back in his own backyard spread on social media. The false information spread next to other false reports of police repeatedly changing their story, as if the police were trying to manufacture some excuse.

However, what actually happened is much more straightforward than would normally be expected, thanks to multiple cameras capturing the incident.

The incident started when police responded to a residential neighborhood at 9:18 p.m. after they received a 911 call that a man was breaking into vehicles, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Investigators located at least three vehicles in the area that had been broken in to, according WGNO.

Soon thereafter, the officers received a notification from deputies inside a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) helicopter that they had witnessed a man in the backyard of a residence, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Stephon Clark, was using a “tool bar” to break out the rear sliding glass door of the occupied home, deputies said. Investigators later found a cinder block and a strip of aluminum lying near the broken glass.

The homeowner, 88-year-old Bill Wong, was not injured during the incident.

The deputies in the helicopter said that, after shattering the window, Clark began running south.

He then leapt over a fence into an adjacent backyard, which happened to belong to his grandparents.

Clark made his way towards the front of his family’s property, and stopped to peer into another vehicle along the way, police said.

Officers on the ground spotted Clark as he moved along the side of his grandparents’ home, and “gave the suspect commands to stop and show his hands,” police said, according to The Sacramento Bee. “[He] immediately fled from the officers and ran towards the back of the home.”

The officers pursued Clark, who then “turned and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him,” police said.

In the video, you can hear an officer yell, "Gun, gun, gun" as Clark took a shooting stance.

It's hard to see clearly in the low resolution video, taken at night, but Clark appears to be in a shooting stance in the video.

"He looked back at our officers and faced them,” Sacramento Police Department (SPD) Sergeant Vance Chandler said, according to WGNO. “[He] had something, an object in his hand, and pointed it at our officers, and at that time our officers believed it was a firearm, and out of fear for their own lives they fired their service weapons."

The two officers fired 10 rounds each, and Sgt. Chandler said he did not know how many times Clark was hit.

The Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Investigators soon discovered that the object in his hand was a cell phone.

Clark had been residing at his grandparents’ residence “off and on” for over a month, after he was released from jail, his family told The Sacramento Bee.

Despite his youth, Clark had an extensive criminal history, including two felony counts of domestic abuse, robbery, firearm possession, and possession of a controlled substance.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, as per protocol.

One of the officers had six years of law enforcement experience, while the other had served a total of eight years, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Clark’s family members have demanded answers regarding the events that resulted in Clark’s death, and claimed that police unjustifiably killed an “innocent” man.

"An innocent black man, going to his grandma and grandpa's house where he lived," Clark's aunt, Shernita Crosby, told WGNO. "How are you going to explain that? How are you going to justify that?"

“He was running," Crosby said. "So that means that he was probably saying, 'This is my grandmama's house. This is where I live. Leave me alone.'"

"He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard?" Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson told The Sacramento Bee. "C'mon now, they didn't have to do that."

Clark’s family described him as a stay-at-home father of two sons, who are one and three years old.

It was unclear who was caring for Clark's children while he was incarcerated.

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Propolice
Propolice

Never, that would make them look bad to the thugs they readily support.

Unicorn Princess
Unicorn Princess

When common sense prevails aka the second Tuesday of next week.

Propolice
Propolice

If the police tried to have these thugs removed there would have been cries of police brutality so let them run the streets and too damn bad about the ball game. Have the ballclubs pay for private security to insure their ticket holders can enter.

rds40
rds40

Screw the NBA. Hope they lost a ton of money.

Kingster
Kingster

Why I hate basketball

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is really a snapshot of what is wrong with todays society. No one ever takes responsibility for their own actions. Instead they look to blame the police, regardless of the circumstances. I am happy to be retired from this nonsense.

RunCop
RunCop

Animal thugs.........NNBS!

RunCop
RunCop

Why does a certain group of 'people' always defend the criminal thug?

RunCop
RunCop

Kings owner extends his condolences to the thug's family for their loss.......typical.......another thug apologist !

lds719
lds719

I sent you a direct message.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

I live here in Sacramento and watched the whole thing on TV from the moment they stormed City Hall to blocking the freeway during evening commute traffic holding thousands of people against their will and then on to the Golden1 Arena where they prevented a business from legally operating. I am not surprised at all that the NBA and the Kings are blaming the police sadly. God forbid we hold those who actually broke the law responsible for THEIR actions. It's always sad when someone loses their life this way because we all know it didn't have to happen. This man had an extensive criminal record, HE had no respect for the law, HE had no respect for the home of the 88 yr old neighbor of his grandparents when HE choose to try and break into his home, HE had the choice to follow the directions of the police officers and HE CHOOSE not to follow directions and to act like he had a gun in his hand. I'm done with ALL professional sports! I'm no longer going to support any team who doesn't support our law enforcement and military.

jakesj40
jakesj40

So Blacks are protesting because they cannot commit crimes without being held accountable. So according to these lawless protesters, it is ok for this "loving father" of two to vandalize cars and break into a home with a crowbar. Rather it seems he is raising two future criminals with little chance to succeed.

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

"Black liars blather"

Marine1958
Marine1958

Yes another innocent extensive criminal background thug, gunned down in the prime of his criminal life. How sad, now his 34 kids will have to reapply for welfare and food stamps due to this pillar of the community being gunned down while trying to break into a house to help his family survive. How sad. BLM Burglary, Larceny and Murder.

Username2018
Username2018

It’s not just blacks that have criminal backgrounds, apply for welfare, foodstamps, or have multiple kids so why categorize “blacks” when making the statement. After reading some of these responses amazes me. No one needs to be shot 20x. Racism is still alive and the responses by you sick mind f** individuals proves it. STAY WOKE 2018. Makes me sick!

Username2018
Username2018

Shot 20x though come on a little excessive if you ask me?? If you have the proper training skills to operate the weapon you’re carrying you could have injured the man enough to take him in custody for his wrong doings. Instead 20 bullets? I’m glad you’re retired as well!

Username2018
Username2018

You’re the snapshot of what’s wrong with society. Maybe if the kid was alive he could take responsibility for his actions but instead law enforcement misinterpreted a cell phone for a weapon and shot him 20x time for law enforcement to take responsibility for what they did that was wrong so enjoy the protests, enjoy the delays home after a long work day, open your eyes and see the bigger picture! Sick people in this messed up world!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn
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@jigkilla shouldn't that energy be more directed to the absolute hemmorhaging you're dealing with now?

Maybe do less heroin and have babies that aren't allergic to the sun before worrying about another race, glow worn.

sturnman22
sturnman22

This is California - it is what it is.

No. 26-29
b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn strangely I agree with you however, hemorrhaging only has one "m". That and I really doubt it has anything to do with having babies being allergic to the sun. There are plenty of people having babies that aren't allergic to the sun that are stupid, nightcrawler.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline
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You’re a stupid piece of shit.

SueCoop
SueCoop
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Really? You get the award today...not a good award to be getting. This is just absolutely sad and inhumane.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Stop securing games for athletes and owners who don't respect police. Tell them to hire someone else. Would be nice if all the police and sherif departments would just stand up to these thug athletes and owners and say NO secure yourself. Same with hollywierd gun & cop hating morons.