Former NBA player leads demonstrators in protest over Stephon Clark shooting


Former Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes led a group of protestors this weekend demonstrating over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento.

“It’s more than color,” Barnes told a crowd Saturday during a rally, according to CNN. “It comes down to wrong and right.”

Stephon Clark, 22, was shot by Sacramento police last month while unarmed in the backyard of his grandmother’s house.

The results of an independent autopsy of Clark commissioned by his family revealed he had been struck by eight bullets: six hit his back, one hit his side and the other hit his leg.

The findings contradicted the official police account of the shooting. Officers said they opened fire because Clark began moving toward them aggressively and they believed he had a gun. He was holding a cellphone.

The Sacramento Police Department said in a statement it was awaiting the results of an official autopsy by the country coroner, and would not comment on the case until then.

Demonstrations have broken out in California since reports of the shooting, with protesters gathering at city hall and marching through the city. On Tuesday, protesters blocked entry to a Kings game at the Golden 1 Center.  

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé responded by expressing sympathy to Clark’s family and pledging “to make the world a better place starting with our own community” by supporting local organizations Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Build. Black. Coalition, according to NBC affiliate KCRA 3.

Barnes also announced Saturday during the demonstration plans to launch a scholarship fund for Clark’s sons and called for police in the area to get to know people in their communities.

“We fear what we don’t know,” said Barnes, who grew up in Sacramento.


“We don’t know these cops, so we fear them. They don’t know us, so they fear us. We need to get these cops in these communities walking, not driving … and meeting these people in the neighborhoods.”


USA News


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