Another day, another Black man’s life lost at the hands of the law. Recent reports state that 37 year old Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers for carrying a gun while selling music outside of convenience store. However, according to Louisiana gun laws, you may carry a firearm as long as you’re over the age of 18 and haven’t been convicted of any felonies. You can watch a brief 48 second clip of the shooting in the drop.
Video Footage Shows Baton Rouge Police Officers Shooting Man Repeatedly; Killing Him – blogged by: @eleven8 A man was shot multiple times in the chest and back by #BatonRouge police officers and it was all caught on tape. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What prompted authorities to approach #AltonSterling, 37, is still under investigation. According to police, two uniformed officers responded to a disturbance call from someone claiming Sterling was threatening him with a gun. When officers approached Sterling outside the Triple S Food Mart around 12:30 am, they found him selling CDs. Officers say that an altercation happened between them and Sterling, however graphic video captured by onlookers seems to tell a slightly different story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ State Rep. Denise Marcelle says 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The store owner, Abdul Maflahi, was a witness to the incident and says that officers confronted Sterling upon arrival. One officer based Sterling and the other tackled him to the ground. While on the ground, the officer who previously fired his taser, pulled out his gun and shot Sterling. Muflahi said he did not see a gun in Sterling’s hand but did see officers pull something, possibly a gun, out of Sterling’s pocket after the shooting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the video footage, a police officer could be heard yelling "He's got a gun" while the other one says "If you f*ckin move, I swear to God," while holding his gun just inches from Sterling's chest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Alton Sterling, a father of five, is known to sell CDs outside of this store for years, so it’s not likely it was the store owner who called the police. #justiceforaltonsterling
In the midst of all the chaos and controversy that’s been generated from the incident, protests have already started to breakout starting in Baton Rouge. This is truly Michael Brown 2.0. The question is what can be done to prevent situations like this from happening again? How can police officers be held more accountable for taking innocent black lives?
“The individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children who depended upon their daddy on a daily basis. … As this video has been shared across the world, you will see with your own eyes how he was handled unjustly and killed without regard for the lives that he helped raise.”said Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of one of Sterling’s children. This is an interesting time to be an African American living in America. We’re so advanced as a society, but so behind in many aspects. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.