The shocking murder of 37-year old Alton Sterling by two Baton Rouge police officers has people up in arms, protesting either in person, or via the internet. The story has spread across the country like wildfire, even inspiring fellow officers to speak out against, or in defense of the officers accused.
In case you live under a rock, Alton Sterling was executed by a police officer early Tuesday morning, after he was confronted by the officers regarding a complaint they’d received earlier. According to that complaint, Sterling was in a verbal altercation with a customer of the store at which he sold CD’s in the parking lot, with permission.
#PhilandoCastile Where are all the gun nuts? This guy was licensed to carry. NRA? Because this was a black man, all we hear is crickets!
— ✯bennydiego✯ (@bennydiego) July 7, 2016
During that interaction, Sterling was said to have threatened a patron with a weapon, at which time, that person called the police and reported the incident. That is when police arrived on the scene and ordered a confused Sterling to the ground.
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— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) July 7, 2016
The entire incident was caught on video by passengers of a vehicle that was parked right next to the storefront door, where the incident took place. The officers tackle Sterling to the ground and within moments, Sterling is shot repeatedly in the back.
The riots began immediately:
As we reported yesterday, Sterling family friend, Vereta Lee, says that the way police handled the situation was the opposite of how you would expect a cop to act:
“IT JUST DIDN’T MAKE SENSE FOR SOMEONE TO BECOME SO ANGRY THAT’S SUPPOSE TO PROTECT OUR LIVES AND TAKE THIS YOUNG MAN’S LIFE. IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.”
Video courtesy of YouTube: