Video shows protester hit by Sacramento sheriff's vehicle at Stephon Clark rally


SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31 (Reuters) - About 200 people demonstrated in Sacramento on Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, in the latest of nearly two weeks of rallies since the unarmed black man was gunned down in his grandmother's yard.

Another vigil with about 150 people was held on Saturday night, and a protester was hit by a Sacramento sheriff's vehicle, according to a video posted on the internet and the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

The newspaper said the protester was taken to a hospital by the fire department and later released with bruises.

The sheriff's office said in a statement early on Sunday that protesters were yelling and kicking the patrol car. "The collision occurred while the patrol vehicle was traveling at slow speeds," it said.

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The statement also said that the patrol car was damaged with dents and a shattered rear window from the protesters. The California Highway Patrol and the sheriff's office are investigating the incident.

Saturday's demonstration brought together a multi-racial crowd, many holding signs such as "Stop Police Rage" and "Power to the People." It was led by retired National Basketball Association player Matt Barnes, who grew up in the area and had two stints with the Sacramento Kings franchise.

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Mar 27, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; A general view Golden 1 center prior to the start of a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Protestors surround the entrance to Golden 1 Center before a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Protestors surround the entrance to Golden 1 Center before a game between the Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; A Sacramento Kings fan is stranded outside of Golden 1 Center due to protests before a game between the Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadiv�(middle) reacts as protestors surround the entrance to Golden 1 Center before a game between the Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Protestors hold a photo of Stephon Clark as they forced the Sacramento Kings shut the doors before a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 27: Black Lives Matter protesters block the entrance to the Golden 1 Center where the Sacramento Kings are playing on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets as hundreds packed a special city council at Sacramento City Hall to address concerns over the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 27: A Black Lives Matter protester fights with a man trying to enter the Golden 1 Center to see the Sacramento Kings play on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets as hundreds packed a special city council at Sacramento City Hall to address concerns over the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 27: Sacramento police monitor a Black Live Matter protest outisde of the Golden 1 Center where the Sacramento Kings are playing on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets as hundreds packed a special city council at Sacramento City Hall to address concerns over the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 27: A Black Lives Matter protester holds a sign in front of Sacramento police outisde of the Golden 1 Center where the Sacramento Kings are playing on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets as hundreds packed a special city council at Sacramento City Hall to address concerns over the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 27: Black Lives Matter protesters block the entrance to the Golden 1 Center where the Sacramento Kings are playing on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets as hundreds packed a special city council at Sacramento City Hall to address concerns over the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The death of Clark, a 22-year-old father of two, was the latest in a string of killings of black men by police that have triggered street protests and fueled a renewed national debate about bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.

"We're here today to raise awareness, to come together peacefully and to have some accountability for the officers, not only in Sacramento but across the country, who have been doing this," Barnes told the Sacramento Bee.

Some of Clark's relatives attended the gathering in a city plaza. It followed a more heated protest overnight, during which demonstrators yelled expletives at police clad in riot gear.

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SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: A Black Lives Matter protester confronts a California Highway Patrol officer during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters confront a line of California Highway Patrol officers during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets of Sacramento during a demonstration on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: California Highway Patrol officers block an entrance to Interstate 5 as Black Lives Matter protesters march nearby on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 30: Black Lives Matter protesters stage a demonstration in front of Sacramento City Hall on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot 8 times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Clark was shot on the night of March 18 by police responding to a report that someone was breaking windows. Police said the officers feared he had a gun, but that he was later found to have been holding a cellphone.

Police have said he was moving towards officers in a menacing way. The shooting was captured on a body cam video released by police.

On Friday, an attorney for Clark's family released a private autopsy showing most of the eight bullets that hit Clark struck him in the back, contradicting the police version of events.

Clark was shot six times in the back, once in the side and once in the leg, said the attorney, Benjamin Crump.

"This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances," Crump said.

The Sacramento Police Department said it would have no further comment until after the release of the findings of an official autopsy by the county coroner, and a review by state and local prosecutors.

In several days of sporadic protests, protesters have blocked traffic and twice delayed fans from reaching games played by the Kings at the Golden 1 Center. (Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee, Rich McKay in Atlanta and Jonathan Allen in New York Editing Sandra Maler and Alison Williams)

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