Protests move to capitol building after Sacramento officer-involved shooting

California mayor 'horrified' by video of fatal shooting; police fired 20 rounds at unarmed man

California mayor 'horrified' by video of fatal shooting; police fired 20 rounds at unarmed man

Protests have erupted in Sacramento days after two police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black 22-year-old man, in his grandmother's backyard.

The protesters made a chain around the arena before the start of the game, preventing people from going into the building. The protests prompted officials to stop admission to the game, which went on, but with relatively few in the stands. The game was delayed but not canceled, and the Kings announced that no more fans would be admitted because law enforcement could not ensure that ticketed fans could safely enter the arena.

Sacramento police say two officers responded after 9 p.m. Sunday to reports of an unidentified man breaking auto windows.

A candlelight vigil was held to commemorate the death of Clark, who died in a hail of police gunshots Sunday night in the darkened backyard of the home where he had been staying with his grandparents.

Officers said they were in the area responding to a report that someone was breaking vehicle windows, but authorities later revealed the only item Clark had on him was a cell phone.

Sacramento police guidelines posted on the department's website do not specify that officers must identify themselves when encountering suspects. "Gun! Gun! Gun!" the officers can be heard shouting before shooting at the African- American man, only to later discover he was unarmed. The caller stated that the male subject had broken auto windows and was now hiding in a backyard.

"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.

Protesters twice tried to get on I-5 on Friday night but were blocked by California Highway Patrol officers wearing helmets.

Investigators will also look into why in some parts of the police body camera footage, the audio is muted, he added.

A sheriff's helicopter hovered, its spotlight sweeping over backyards, as it relayed information about the movement of the suspect, darting through yards and pausing to peer into a vehicle.

"The only item found near the suspect was a cellphone", the Police Department said a statement.

"Based on the videos alone, I can not second guess the split-second decisions of our officers and I'm not going to do that", Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a statement.

The shooting was captured by the two officers' body cameras and a police helicopter; that footage was released on Wednesday in an effort to be transparent.

Steinberg said appropriate questions have been raised about the protocols for using force and rendering emergency aid during police shootings and they must be answered in the investigation.

The department had said he advanced toward the officers holding an object extended in front of him. Police previously said the officers fired 20 shots.

Police were called and as a helicopter hovered overhead, Clark ran. City Councilman Larry Carr decried the loss of life and said police must provide timely information.

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