A lifeless Alton Sterling covers the front page of the New York Daily News, an image that is incredibly disturbing, heartrending, haunting … but very real.
It was just two days ago that Sterling was tackled, gunned down and shot at point blank range while standing in front of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
New videos and images have circulated the Web of the Baton Rouge resident being attacked after law enforcement received a call that a man selling CD’s in front of a store was brandishing a gun. We now know that caller was a homeless man who apparently asked Sterling for money several times.
The Daily News’ cover not only speaks volumes, but the headline shouts for justice. “His hands were empty,” the headline reads. “Cops killed Alton Sterling despite his being pinned to the ground and never pulling a gun.”
According to the convenience store owner, Abdullah Muflahi, he witnessed the cops remove a gun from Sterling’s pocket after the shooting. Abdullah tells CNN he did not see Sterling in an altercation with anyone that night before police arrived.
As information continues to surface about what happened the morning Alton was senselessly killed, more and more celebrities are speaking out about police brutality — most wondering: When will this end?
A passionate Chris Brown posted a video on Instagram explaining that this “sh*t” has to stop. “Something gotta give bro, it just has to. Sh*t is f*cking annoying and its disrespectful. We getting killed every day. F*ck the celebrity sh*t, f*ck the jewelry, f*ck me being on stage, f*ck me trying to get ya’ll to buy an album, I don’t give a f*ck about that sh*t.
He added, “Motherf*ckers want to take gun laws away, ya’ll killing us, ya’ll the motherf*ckers killing us … I’m getting pissed off about this sh*t.”
Brown also shared the cover of the Daily News with an empty caption.
Drake is also spoke out on social media. The rapper shared an open letter on Instagram, sending his condolences to the family of the father of five.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. The shooting is now being handled by U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.
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