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Protests erupt over fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, killed while selling CDs outside store in Baton Rouge

July 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Protests erupt over fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, killed while selling CDs outside store in Baton Rouge

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Social media became inundated with videos showing protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by two cops following an altercation on Tuesday in Louisiana.

The killing comes on the heels of fierce national debate and mounting criticism over police use of excessive force against minorities in Baltimore, Chicago, and New York.

Video posted on Twitter, showed protestors outside Triple S Food Mart convenience store in Baton Rouge, demonstrating the killing 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by cops just after midnight, on Tuesday.

Social media transmitted footage showing demonstrators holding up signs, blocking traffic and chanting “No justice, no peace,” in Baton Rouge.

Sterling was shot by two police officers responding to a reported disturbance at the convenience store around 12:30 a.m.

Authorities received a complaint of a black male selling CDs outside the location. An altercation ensued, and the officers shot Sterling, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Law enforcement officials didn’t immediately comment on the shooting or the demonstrations.

Police later released a prepared statement which said: “Uniformed officers responded to a disturbance call from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun.”

The statement added that the two officers had been placed on administrative leave while an investigation ensued.

Several local news affiliates aired cell phone video of the incident on Tuesday night showed an officer ordering a black male in a red short to get on the ground while using a stun gun on the man.

An officer then screams “He’s got a gun,” on the video, seconds before tackling the man to the pavement. One of the cops then pulled his service weapon and pointed it at the man’s chest before three shots ring out followed by the screams of a woman.

Officials said Sterling does have a prior criminal record dating back two decades with several arrests for weapons, theft, assault and drug possession.

“He was screaming, ‘What did I do,’ ‘What’s going on,” said Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of Triple St. Food Mart, who witnessed the events unfold, told the New York Daily News.

“His hand was not in his pocket, nor did he have the gun in his hand,” he said, defending his friend and father of three’s final moments.

“As he laid there, a cop when inside his pockets and pulled a pistol,” he added. Police haven’t confirmed whether Sterling was in possession of a firearm.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely told the Advocate, a local newspaper that both officers had been fitted with body cams during the altercation, but they became loose during the incident and were dangling from their chests.

However, at least one of the police dashcam’s captured footage of the fatal shooting.

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