Sacramento police a short time later announced that no more fans would be admitted to the game and later confirmed to USA Today that the Kings' ownership chose to lock the doors and keep them locked during the entire game for "safety". Seconds later, they fired their weapons 10 times each.
Clark was shot while holding a cellphone that police said they thought was a gun.
"On Sunday we had a horrific, horrific tragedy in our community.We at the Kings recognize people's ability to protest peacefully and we respect that".
"I think it's not a coincidene that the Sacramento protest is happening on the eve of the March for Our Lives", Khan-Cullors said referring to the global demonstrations planned for Saturday in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Officers canvassing the neighborhood found several cars with damage believed to have been caused by Clark.
Hundreds of people rallied for Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old who was shot Sunday in the backyard of his grandparents' home. The protest, which was organized by Black Lives Matter Sacramento, briefly spilled onto Interstate 5 after the group left City Hall.
The entrance ramp onto Interstate 5 in Sacramento, California, was blocked on Friday, March 23, by demonstrators demanding justice for the shooting death of 23-year-old Stephon Clark on March 18. Sacramento's police chief is promising a thorough investigation.
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"It looks bad, but (the officers) are still perceiving a threat. he's not obeying", said Mr Obayashi.
Ms Thompson, who heard the gunfire, said that she never heard police ask her grandson what he was holding.
Before Steinberg's press conference on Thursday, he issued a statement on Wednesday night stating that he had viewed the police footage of the shooting, but that he would not "second-guess" the officers' "split-second decisions". "I understand it and we understand it".
"Emotions are understandably high". Both are on paid administrative leave. "He was shot so many times, so many times", said Clark's grandmother Sequita Thompson. "I urge our community to remain peaceful and try to be extra kind to each other".
At the game's conclusion, Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé was joined at half court by the front office staff, executives, coaches, and players as he addressed the crowd.
The mayor said the city will be looking at training procedures for police, including how officers use de-escalation tactics, and what the protocols exist for use of force.
"We are a handsome people in Sacramento", she said.
"We recognize that it is not just business as usual, and we are going to work really hard to bring everybody together to make the world a better place, starting with our own community", Ranadivé went on. "Then they said he had a toolbar", Stevante Clark said on HLN.