Alton Sterling death: Crowds protest, chant ‘Black lives matter’
Louisiana police on Monday night killed Alton Sterling, a black man, who was selling CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge.
The police arrived at the site after they received an an anonymous call accusing someone who matched his description of threatening another person with a gun.
As soon as police reached where Sterling was selling CDs, they shouted at him to get on the ground.
The police officers then pinned him down, and while he lay there on his back, Sterling was shot him multiple times in the chest at point-blank range.
Protests erupted following the incident. Hundreds chanted “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace” on the streets as thousands claimed the shooting was racially motivated.
Police removed an object from his pocket, Dailylife report, that may or may not have been a gun, but the nearby shop owner who allowed Sterling to use the space said he was not holding the gun, nor did he reach for it, while police carried out their attack. And the footage appears to corroborate this.
A video shot by a witness and circulated online, showed two officers ordering a tall black man, Sterling, to the ground early Tuesday.
As per the video, Sterling remained standing following which the officers wrestled him onto the roof of a car and then to the ground. While he was pinned down by the officers, one pulled a gun and shot him four times at close range.
“An altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued. Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene,” police said in Facebook post.
The two police officers involved in the shooting, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, have both been put on administrative leave, Baton Rouge Police confirmed, according to mirror.co.uk.