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Alton Sterling went from selling CDs to being another Black man killed by cops

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Photo credit: Alton Sterling’s Facebook page

Alton Sterling was just another Black man looking for a way to make ends meet. The self-employed father of three would sell bootleg music outside Triple St. Food in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to earn extra cash. Sterling, 37, developed a good friendship with the owner of the store, Abdullah Muflahi, who allowed him to sell the music outside the store. Sterling eventually became known as the “CD Man” to those in the community.

But just after midnight on July 5, Sterling was approached by officers and violence erupted. According to reports by WBRZ, an anonymous person called police and said that a man was selling CDs in front of Triple St. Food and had a gun. In Louisiana, gun owners are allowed to carry weapons without a permit as long as they are over 18 and not felons.

However, when Baton Rouge police officers approached Sterling, they were combative. A cellphone video captured two police officers slamming Sterling against a car and tackling him to the ground. They used a taser on Sterling who did not appear to resist arrest. One police officer apparently saw Sterling’s gun and yelled, “He’s got a gun!” Eyewitnesses say that Sterling never reached for his weapon and the police officers never asked to see a gun permit. Instead, the officers began firing gunshots at point blank range. According to initial reports by the coroner, two of the bullets hit Sterling in the back and chest.

Police were initially wearing body cameras, but the devices were some how destroyed during the confrontation and shooting. Police also confiscated the surveillance video from the store that captured the killing. The community showed their frustrations by protesting police brutality in front of the location where Sterling was killed.

Sterling has become the latest Black man to be killed by police in what has become a national epidemic. Until police and lawmakers are truthful about a need to change protocol, more Blacks will continue to be killed by the people who are paid by taxpayers to protect and serve.



10 Comments

  1. cupcake333 on July 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

    omg sad, how come goverment cant and want re regulate police gun policy giving any black a right to carry a gun is suicide plot on a legislative level a young man like this stood no chance of survival .. in this new war .. and epidemic of angry white cop still mad at obama in stead of angry at terrize plot and angry at all these rampage killers who have killed children .. why didnt WHITES PROTEST A WHITE LADY IN KATY TX WHO SHOT HER DAUGHTERS .. i quest that a black crime too!! sick of major media not reporting this murder of a black man …. and the white lady killer last week was all over cnn no real complaint just concern from whites …

    where is the outrage ,, we dont bother to rally ever notice how they wait til a holiday to reach any verdict on indictment or equital of killer cops??? proof justice will never be served we need new laws and hilary clinton may do it

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  2. Jason on July 6, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Black people are victims of White Supremacy. White Supremacy uses it race soldiers posing as cops to maintain itself. In the words of Neely Fuller – “If you don’t understand White Supremacy/Racism everything that you do understand will only confuse you.”

  3. Knicksfan77 on July 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    He was clearly resisting arrest. Check the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaAik-EvI3o
    AR Shaw is a hack looking for a race war. Shame on you, man. The video begins with officers called to a scene because a call came in “man with a gun”. “GET DOWN ON THE GROUND” does not mean it’s time to negotiate.
    AR Shaw, get out of journalism. Do something for a brother and sister othen than trying to get them pissed off.

    • Jason on July 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      He was subdued and on the ground. You race soldier supporters will cosign anything done to Blacks these days. Shameful.

    • Johnny Cromwell on July 6, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Two points..1) Resisting arrest does not warrant death ..and 2) I have seen many instances where police have tried to “negotiate” with white men who were walking around in public pointing an AK-47.

  4. Mike Ervin on July 6, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    so, an armed felonious registered child molester selling pirated music cd’s and resisting arrest is gonna be the next ghetto hero to burn a city for ?????Some logic in this community??

    • Johnny Cromwell on July 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Your kind is the problem, focusing on the negatives..even trumping up false charges and accusations , which we are not falling for no more. We are not listening to bull$#!t no more. You are going to listen to us and the facts from now on.

      • Mike Ervin on August 7, 2016 at 9:44 pm

        I expected this from your type

    • Vixenette on July 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Whatever his criminal history may or may not have been, he still didn’t deserve to be killed, IDIOT! Let him live another day to face his charges in the court system…same way you white, psychotic mass murderers live to face their day in court! It’s amazing how you racists find any ridiculous reason to justify the killing of a black person! Shameful!