Yet another video of a black man being killed by officers in Baton Rouge went viral overnight. Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by police after officers were called in response to a man selling CDs and reportedly carrying a gun outside a convenience store.
Another black man dies at the hands of police. Baton Rouge LA home to this senseless murder….smh A 37-year-old #AltonSterling was fatally shot by #police in #BatonRouge, Louisiana, early Tuesday morning in an incident caught on video by a witness. ____________ #policebrutality #policeshooting #overaggressivecops #outrage #youcouldbenext #policethepolice #atlanta #neworleans #tradedhoodsforbadges
According to CNN and the video, below, Sterling was pinned down by the officers and on the ground at the time of the shooting. Reports from witnesses and police are conflicting. Police are still investigating the incident.
The president of the NAACP’s branch in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, called for the city’s police chief and chief executive to resign in the wake of the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man.
“We’re actually here today to speak to the culture of the Baton Rouge Police Department. This incident is only one incident in many,” Michael McClanahan told reporters Wednesday. “What we’re going to do is root out the 1% of bad police officers that go around being the judge, the jury and executioner of innocent people, period, but more specifically, innocent black lives.”
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