SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Protesters decrying this week's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man formed a human chain blocking fans trying to attend a professional basketball game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks.
The protest briefly delayed the game Thursday while dozens of police attempted to clear entrances.
Kings - Hawks game has started at Golden 1 Center. No starting lineups or national anthem, just straight to the tip-off. No one being allowed in still as arena remains locked down. Smallest crowd I’ve ever seen to watch an NBA game. pic.twitter.com/aLtGbgHzyy— Scott Marsh (@scottmarsh1140) March 23, 2018
There was shouting but no apparent violence as frustrated fans waited outside. The basketball teams began the game nearly a half-hour late in a mostly empty Golden 1 Center.
The protesters earlier marched from Sacramento City Hall and onto a nearby freeway, disrupting rush hour traffic and holding signs with messages like "Sac PD: Stop killing us!"
They are angry over the fatal shooting Sunday of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. Police say they feared he had a handgun, but investigators found only a cellphone.