In an eye witness account on tuesday, earlier this week 37-year-old Alton Sterling who sells CDs in front of Triple S Food Mart owned by Abdullah Muflahihe was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge , Louisiana.
The Officers Were Wearing Body Cameras, But Officials Say They ‘Fell Off’ during the altercation however video footage was streamed live on social media by witnesses showing the shooting of Alton Sterling and it has sparked outrage in the community and on social media.
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“An Officer Is Heard Saying ‘He’s Got a Gun!’ & ‘You F*cking Move, I Swear to God!’ Before Shots Are Fired”
Meanwhile, earlier today; two cops have been shot in an aggravated Dallas street protest following Alton Sterling and another black man Philando Castile police shooting (whose events happened few hours apart)
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Watch Philando Castile’s shooting streamed live by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds here:
Diamond Reynolds confirms she was denied access to his dying boyfriend while she was kept in custody. Watch video:
The Minnesota #altonsterling shooting police fficers have been identified as Officer Blake Salamoni and Officer Howie Lake II.
L-R Blake Salamoni and Howie Lake with girlfriend.
The officers, both 28-year-olds with less than five years with the department, have been placed on paid administrative leave. Salamoni and Lake was said to have responded to a disturbance call in which the caller said someone had been threatening him with a gun, police told sources. Baton Rouge Police have released few details about the shooting, including whether Sterling was armed. But a witness told reporters that Sterling did have a gun, but was not holding it or reaching for his pockets during the incident.
Alton Sterling Autopsy: Coroner William Clark Says Back Wounds Were ‘Entrance’ Wounds. Local Authorities Have Turned Over the Investigation to the FBI & Justice Department. After calls from Sterling’s family, local activists and politicians, the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office decided to turn over the investigation to federal authorities. It will now be handled by the FBI and the Justice Department, with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police, Governor John Bel Edwards said.Officials announced the decision at a Wednesday press conference. The city’s Mayor-President, Kip Holden, said there will not be a “cover-up” and added that he has received calls from White House officials and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings. Governor Edwards called the videos “disturbing,” and asked for unity, peace and calm.
“Violence and destruction of property is not an answer to anything we face today,” Edwards said.
Alton Sterling Was Registered as a Sex Offender After Impregnating a 14-Year-Old Girl When He Was 20, Sterling also had convictions for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery But His Family & Friends Say He Wasn’t a ‘Bad Guy’. State records showed he was convicted in 2000 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and was released from prison in 2004. According to court documents, Sterling, then 20, was arrested after he impregnated a 14-year-old girl. The girl’s mother reported him to police.
The victim, Quinyetta McMillon, is the mother of Sterling’s oldest son, the family’s attorney told sources. The family’s attorney, Edmond Jordan , told CNN that Sterling and the victim continued to have a relationship and co-parented their son until Sterling’s death.
She spoke out passionately during a family press conference Wednesday and said she would fight for justice for Sterling.
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Despite his record, Darian Gardner, his friend, told sources that Sterling, “didn’t cause any harm to the community. He was nice. He wasn’t a bad guy. He was respectable.” He was known as “CD Man” and was living in a shelter in Baton Rouge, Living Waters Outreach Ministries in recent months-whatever he cooked, he cooked enough for everybody,” fellow resident Calvin Wilson told the newsies. “I never saw him coming in here with a weapon, and I never saw him drunk.”
Wilson described the facility as a place for people looking to get back on their feet and said Sterling had a job as a cook.
“He wasn’t a bad person,” another resident, David Solomon, told the newspaper.
Sterling’s family acknowledged his criminal record, but said that should have no bearing on the investigation and said he was moving past his history.
He was raised by his aunt, Sandra Sterling, who told the Washington Post he was a “generous giant” who had “paid his debt to society.”
His cousin, Elliott Sterling, told the Post, “He was really good at selling those CDs. If somebody asked for blues or country music, he’d know it all. He couldn’t make it in a regular job but he could make it selling CDs. He could converse with everybody.”
Elliott Sterling said his cousin’s children will now grow up without a father, like Alton did.
“He had a hard life. He didn’t have no momma, no daddy,” Elliott Sterling told the Post. “He wasn’t stable at all. He lived day to day based on what he made.”
“They had already prosecuted him,” she said. “Now their attitude has changed.”
A GoFundMe account set up few days ago by writer and producer Issa Rae to help his children has raised more than $400,000 as at the time of this post.
Police Officer Blake in the wake of the shooting said they were justified to use lethal force.
Rappers Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, the Game all have condemned the shootings.
Watch Snoop Dogg’s reactions to Alton Sterling shooting below. [Explicit+18]
Watch Chris Brown’s reaction to Alton Sterling & Philando Castile’s shooting below. [Explicit content]
May the souls of Alton Sterling , Philando Castile and the innocent police officers shot rest in perfect peace.
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