A new video has emerged Wednesday that shows that Alton Sterling wasn’t holding a gun when police officers brutally shot and killed him in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tuesday night.
The Daily Beast first published the disturbing video, which it obtained from Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the convenience store where the shooting took place. Muflahi told the news organization that Sterling was not causing trouble and that he had been a “welcome presence at the store for years.”
Two white police officers shot Sterling, 37, as he sold CDs in the convenience store’s parking lot early Tuesday morning. Authorities were responding to a complaint about an armed man threatening people outside the store. Eyewitness video of Sterling’s death began circulating on social media on Tuesday. At one point, one of the police officers shouted, “He’s got a gun!”
New video shows Sterling pinned to the ground just before several rounds are fired at him. Moments later, an officer shouts, and at least three more shots are heard. As one officer sits on the ground, a second officer is seen pulling an object from Sterling’s right pocket. Sterling, still alive and with a visible wound to his chest, moves his left arm toward his head and face.
Since, many celebrities including Zendaya, Tyson Beckford, French Montana and The Game, have reposted the video on social media, and expressed their outrage. Hit the flip for their reactions. Warning Graphic material.