Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Alton Sterling Killed By Louisiana Police While Lying on the Ground

A few facts about this tragic case of yet another Black death at the hands of police:

A 37-year-old man was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, early Tuesday morning in an incident caught on video by a witness.
The 48-second video showing the shooting ofAlton Sterling has sparked outrage in the community and on social media.
The officers have been identified as Officer Blane Salamoni and Officer Howie Lake II.
The investigation has been turned over to the FBI and both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Sterling was shot and killed about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, The Advocate reports.
Sterling was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart, at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive, WAFB-TV reports.
Salamoni and Lake had responded to a disturbance call in which the caller said someone had been threatening him with a gun, police told the news station.
Baton Rouge Police have released few details about the shooting, including whether Sterling was armed. But a witness told The Advocate that Sterling did have a gun, but was not holding it or reaching for his pockets during the incident.
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