Justice Department will not charge cops in shooting death of Alton Sterling

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The U.S. Department of Justice is not going to charge the two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, man who was pinned down before he was shot.

Sterling, 37, was shot dead last July by police after he was pinned to the ground near a car by the two White officers who were arresting him. Much like in the case of Oscar Grant — whose shooting death by cops in a San Francisco subway station inspired the 2013 movie Fruitvale Station starring Michael B. Jordan — Sterling was also shot after it appeared he was pinned down and secured enough to not warrant the use of deadly force.

Sterling’s death sparked a wave of protests nationwide, leading the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under former President Obama to open an investigation into the high-profile shooting with the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge.

Sterling was shot several times in the chest and back outside a convenience store after police responded to a 911 call about a man selling music CDs threatening the caller with a gun. The shooting was recorded by multiple bystanders.

Though the owner of the store, Abdul Muflahi, said Sterling did not have a gun in his hand, he reportedly saw police pull a handgun from Sterling’s pocket. Louisiana is an open-carry state.

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

I'm a lover of words, pictures, people and The Ohio State Buckeyes. A true journalist from the soul.

5 Comments
  1. Another day and another example of white supremacy protecting its military arm (race soldiers).

    As mentioned in my previous posts. How is it from a probability standpoint that these race soldiers are conviently never wrong in their judgement to murder black people?

    Especially when whites commit 3x more violent crime which equates to more police contact. You never hear about black cops slaughtering white suspects over cds, selling cigarretes or kids playing with a toy guns.

    1. nothing like beating a one horse drum.everything is the white mans fault coming from a snowflake who doesn’t have enough balls to even put a picture up.lets debate the subject with real facts if you can handle it

      1. White supremacist or suspected white supremacist such as yourself are allergic to facts, logic and truth. Your mentality is not equipped to decipher what is truthful or logical.
        You people (white supremacist or suspected white supremacist) only have one agenda and that is to maintain a system of inequality and oppression of others, especially black people at all cost.

        You as a people are not gifted enough mentally to progress from your degenerate pathology. White people have had this mentality for hundreds of years. They enjoy harming black people. Just as your ancestors did…as they have documented proof of whites, including women and children smiling at the burned and often times mutilated corpes of hung black men or women.

        While some can surpress this savagery, a vast majority cannot. That is why you always defend and justify the harming of black people, just as your forefathers and ancestors did.

        So really it’s no surprise! You are only doing what your pathology has been programmed to do. That is to see the injustice and savagery against black people as acceptable or normal. Including often times either, applauding it or even flat out excusing the murder of blacks by race soldiers posing as cops.

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