The nation is outraged this morning after a video surfaced of a cop shooting and killing a Black man outside a Baton Rouge convenience store.
It was early Tuesday morning when law enforcement received a call from someone claiming that a man carrying a gun had threatened them. Around 12:35 AM, police made contact with 37-year-old Baton Rouge resident Alton Sterling, who reportedly was selling CD’s in the parking lot in front of the store.
It’s unclear what initially happened at first point of contact, but in disturbing cell phone footage that hit the web Tuesday afternoon, you see two officers tackle the father of five to the ground. It sounds as though one officer yells, “he has a gun,” before the other officer pulls out the gun from his side holster and opens fire.
The woman holding the cell phone was in horror following the first shot and dropped the phone. The audio, however, continued to run. Multiple gunshots were heard in the background.
According to East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William Clark, preliminary autopsy reports show the 37-year-old suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and the back.
Protests erupted in the city on Tuesday night, many holding signs that read: Black Lives Matter and RIP Alton Sterling.
“The video footage released today of the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department was deeply troubling and has understandably evoked strong emotion and anger in our community,” Congressman Cedric Richmond said in a statement. “I share in this anger and join the community in the pursuit of justice.”
— Fresco News (@fresconews) July 6, 2016