Stephon Clark protests: Kings-Pacers goes off without disruption

The Kings earlier in the day had announced their partnership with organizations to support the local African American community.

Thursday night's Kings-Pacers game tipped off without disruption before 11,360 fans in Sacramento as protesters who previously had blocked entrance to NBA games at Golden 1 Center congregated elsewhere, according to multiple media reports.

Police in riot gear stood outside the downtown arena in case marchers — protesting the March 18 fatal police shooting of unarmed black man Stephon Clark, 22 — tried to block fans from entering.

According to multiple reports, Clark's brother, Stevante Clark, had asked protesters not to block the arena, as they had in two Kings games since the shooting.

Instead, the Sacramento Bee reported, protesters assembled in front of the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office late Wednesday afternoon, a gathering that morphed into a march that blocked traffic in downtown Sacramento during the peak of the evening rush hour.

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The Kings earlier in the day had announced their partnership with Black Lives Matter, among others, to support the local African American community. The team also has set up an education fund for Clark's two children.

The Pacers defeated the Kings, 106-103, on Thursday.