Activists protesting the police shooting of Stephon Clark blocked downtown Sacramento streets again Thursday, taunting stoic police and angry drivers, but they ended their latest march without going near Golden 1 Center, where the Kings were playing the Indiana Pacers amid heightened security.
In addition, the Kings announced a plan early Thursday to partner with activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter to provide educational support for Clark's two young children and others.
The latest protest began around 3 p.m. outside the office of Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. Protesters have been demanding that Schubert prosecute the officers who shot and killed Clark on March 18 in his grandparents' backyard in Meadowview. The demonstration ended about 3 1/2 hours later outside Schubert's office after winding through downtown streets, blocking some intersections and halting light-rail trains, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Stevante Clark, Stephon Clark’s brother and a leader of the protests, asked protesters to stay on the sidewalk and clear the streets. Nevertheless, around 5:30 p.m., the demonstration grew more combative as dozens of protesters got in the faces of bicycle cops at the entryway of a parking garage.
One protester sat on the hood of a driver's car. The crowd repeatedly chanted at the bicycle cops and shook fists at them. The confrontation ended when the officers backed away.