We’ve all seen this happen before. Alton Sterling was shot and killed after a confrontation with police officers in Baton Rogue on Tuesday, July 6.
The 37-year-old was reportedly selling CD’s in front of a convenience store. In a widely circulated video, Sterling is seen being manhandled by a pair of cops. One of the officer’s is atop Sterling before pulling out his firearm and pointing it at the man’s head.
At this point the person holding the camera moves it a way, and what sounds like a gunshot is heard. You can see the graphic video below.
The story is already mired in f-ckery that includes Sterling allegedly having a weapon and the cops’ body cameras “falling off.”
Investigators are still working to piece together what prompted the fatal officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Alton Sterling, 37. The coroner’s office released the cause of death, but no other details have been released at this time.
The Baton Rouge Police Department confirms that Sterling died during a shooting at the Triple S Food Mart, which is located at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive. The shooting happened at roughly 12:30 a.m. after police say they were contacted about a man who was carrying a gun and selling CDs outside the store.
Police said the uniformed officers responded to the disturbance call from someone who claimed the man was threatening him with a gun. Officials said an altercation happened between the officers and Sterling, who was shot during it.
BRPD officials said that two uniformed officers were placed on administrative leave following the incident. They added that any other information about the officers would be released on Wednesday.
“We have video from the store, we’re going to get with the store owners, get their video,” Cpl. McKneely said. “We have dash cam, I believe the officer had a body camera. I’m not 100 percent sure.”
State Rep. Denise Marcelle said she was told by Baton Rouge Police Chief Dabadie that body cameras worn by both officers fell off during the incident and do not show the shooting. Marcelle said the chief told her there is footage of the shooting from the dashboard camera of one of the patrol cars as well as from at least one store surveillance camera.
Reaction on the Internet has been swift, with #AltonSterling quickly becoming a trending topic. Fed up citizens, celebs and politicians have all been expressing their disgust at what they have seen; another Black man gunned down by cops—with odds being they won’t be punished.
See the various reactions on the following pages. Rest in peace Alton Sterling.