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Kings Increasing Golden 1 Police Presence To Prevent Disruptions By Stephon Clark Protesters

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Fencing around Golden 1 Center March 29, 2018. The Kings announced Wednesday they would be taking extra security measures to allow fans to enter Thursday's game despite planned protests.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento Kings say there will be a heavy police presence to keep protesters from blocking fans from entering the team's arena for a third time.

The funeral for Stephon Clark is being held Thursday, with protests planned downtown starting at 3 p.m. People protesting the shooting of the 22-year-old unarmed black man by two police officers have prevented fans from entering two of the past three games at Golden 1 Center.

In a statement, the team announced the plaza outside Golden 1 will be closed to those without a ticket. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and have their tickets ready.

"The security measures in place for the tomorrow’s game include ticket checks on the perimeter of the plaza, additional Sacramento Police officers and security personnel, new barricades and crowd control measures designed to create safe passage for ticketed guests into the arena,” the statement reads.

Mounted police patrol Golden 1 Center March 29, 2018. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio


Team members and owners supported the protest at another game, with members donning warm-up T-shirts honoring Clark.

The team also announced a partnership Wednesday with the Build. Black. Coalition and Black Lives Matter Sacramento to invest in education and job training programs, inlcuding an education fund for the children of Stephon Clark.

"This fund cannot fix the issues that led to the death of their father, but it will secure opportunities for their futures while the family and the city grapples with healing," the team said in a press release announcing the initiative.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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