In wake Sunday's fatal police shooting Stephon Clark, protestors shut down Interstate 5 during rush hour and converged arm-in-arm outside the Sacramento Kings home arena last night. Supporters holding signs with messages such as "Shut it down" set up around the Golden 1 Center prior to the Kings matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, preventing most ticket holders from getting into the arena.
The start the game was delayed for about 20 minutes as a result the protests but right before things got underway, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive addressed the crowd to show his support.
Stephon Clark, 22, was killed in the backyard his grandparents' home on Sunday after two Sacramento police ficers fired 20 rounds at him because they believed he was an armed burglary suspect, according to reports.
ESPN reports that protesters formed a human chain blocking fans trying to attend the game and surrounded main entrances to the arena, before police eventually cleared enough room for people to get inside the arena. The NBA had reportedly considered postponing or even cancelling the game, but ultimately decided to play.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said, "Basketball was secondary tonight. The league obviously made the decision that I think was in the best interest the safety the fans that were already in the arena. I think it was the right decision by the league but certainly not an easy one.''