NBA Releases Video To Demand Accountability For Justified Shooting

The Kings and Celtics worked together to create a video demanding accountability for the shooting of Stephon Clark.

Sacramento, CA - Following the Black Lives Matter protest that blocked fans' access to a Sacramento Kings NBA game, the Kings released a statement blaming the police for the protesters. Now, NBA teams have worked together to create a video demanding accountability for the officer-involved shooting of Stephon Clark.

The video was created by the Kings and Celtics (video below.)

"There must be accountability," the players say as the video cycles through players. "Say his name. Stephon Clark."

The video comes days after the Kings blames police for the protesters blocking access to their game. On Thursday night, protesters formed a human chain around the stadium to keep fans out. Fans who didn't arrive before protesters were never able to make it inside.

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.

Days of protests started after false reports of officers shooting Clark 20 times in the back in his own backyard spread on social media. There were also 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 clear to us 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 jumped 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.

You can see the NBA PSA video below:

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RachelTania
RachelTania

I hope no one caves. You give an irrational mob of asshats an inch, they'll take a mile.

JBo
JBo

Solution: Stop providing a police presence at the games and let the sports clubs deal with security and protesters. A few more games with human chains stopping fans from entering will soon get the point across. Pro sports sure has changed since I was a kid.

lds719
lds719

Not since we had the Baltimore Bullets in the NBA. Pretty ironic, huh?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Yes. hundreds of millions of people around the world watch the NBA. That's a dumb question.

DCG42
DCG42

Hardly ever.

DCG42
DCG42

Everyone should know do not run from the police do not turn and face them as if you have a gun

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Hi_estcommdenom, what do you suppose should happen here? Indict the officers? Or wait for more facts to come out?

Bigg59
Bigg59

Got what he needed just another THUG taken care of if your stupid and act in a threatening way then you get what you get Sorry about ya

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Why not cave to peer pressure, it's working great for the mfl.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Absolutely true. Let them foot the bills for security and crowd management, and let them be liable for anything that goes wrong at the games. No double standard there; they have the nerve to criticize the police for doing their job keeping the GENERAL PUBLIC safe. There is no duty to the sports teams or any specific entity. Overpaid bunch of whiners.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Don't watch NFL and won't watch NBA any longer. Boy, sure love the extra time to get things done and enjoy my time more not watching those overpaid athletes... Something about golf that is different than the NFL or the NBA, hmmm....

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Why not go to the 60's and early 70's (sit in, love feast, some riots to get the flower people back getting high. oh wait that was for a war that when our troops came back were shouted out and things no human should ever have to go through. Now they take to the streets and destroy (some do) most have no idea what they are marching for. % MINUTES OF FAME

Propolice
Propolice

Enough of this this crap! Who the hell cares what pro athletes (and I truly use the term loosely) think. Simply obey the law, respect police and no one is going to bother you. Run, spit, curse or fight the police and you deserve what you get. I don’t give a damn what color you are although the majority are black (statistically) if you stay within the law and behave like human beings you won’t get flack from the police. They have enough to do without harassing innocent people.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LetGodSortItOut
Both. Because that's what happens with citizens. Get the charges on paper, and if they turn out to be exonerated, then drop the charges.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

@SeniorCitizen Well, according to the Laws of this land, on the street that is exactly what you are to do. If you don't like what happened file a complaint, go to court or file a lawsuit. On the street the law is pretty simple: Obey a lawful order (and you don't get to decide what is lawful, that's for the Courts) If you don't, your actions will determine the outcome. In case you missed this part of Civics way back when, the citizens of this Country have granted this authority to Police. You seem to enjoy painting LEO's with a broad brush, instead of basket weaving how about Watercolor Painting?

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

Please cite for me exactly where the "Laws of this Land" tell me that I have g give up all my freedoms to these Officers of the Law? You mention a lawful order. What about when the thug with a gun, (oh I mean the cop) doesn't like the look on my face? Is that always a lawful order? And the Courts don't help here at all especially when the citizen has already been handcuffed and thrown in jail. Are you seriously trying to say that all cops behave fairly on the street? If you say, Yes, then I know you aren't truthful. I really wanted to say something else, else but I'm trying to remain a lady. The officers have ALL the power and abuse it, period.

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

Dear SheepDawg, let me guess . You are either a cop or a retired cop.

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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Never said every cop behaves correctly all of the time. That would be akin to saying that all Doctors, Lawyers, Priests and Teachers act correctly at all times. Please provide us with your personal experience of any LEO abusing their power. Not what your friends neighbors brother-in-law said happened, but what you personally endured. Assuming that you don't have any personal experience, that would suggest that you believe that the media portrays events accurately every time. Not only is that foolish, but demonstrates your inability to reason.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Please feel free to read my whole post and use a dictionary if you need help with the big words. Suggesting that "The officers have ALL the power and abuse it, period." would be like me saying that every Senior Citizen abuses Medicare and Social Security. Since I have no idea what State that you live in, it would be pointless to try to find your local code. Feel free to do your own research and discover that you are wrong.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Retired, three OIS, no sustained complaints. You?

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

May as well add this to your education: "A police officer may not seize an unarmed, nondangerous suspect by shooting him dead...however...Where the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others, it is not constitutionally unreasonable to prevent escape by using deadly force."

— Justice Byron White, Tennessee v. Garner[3]

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

So this person was witnessed by Officers, and recorded on video, attempting to commit Residential Burglary, a felony. He then tried to escape a police officer who was attempting to take him into custody (Resisiting Arrest). Then, for reasons that always escape me, he tried to intimidate the Police by assuming a shooting stance. All of this other gibberish about being a great Dad, that it was his Grandparents residence and that it was only a phone is immaterial. The situation that he put himself in, the decisions that he made and the actions that he took determined the outcome. BTW 20 rounds is also immaterial. Good luck in life.