July 6, 2016
Another black man’s life was taken by the police. (sigh)
NewsOne.com reports that Alton Sterling, 37, was shot Tuesday in Baton Rouge after police received a call about an “armed and threatening” man selling CDs. Once the police reached the scene, they claimed to have gotten into an “altercation” with the victim. The coroner on Sterling’s case reported that he died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back. Although it is unclear if Sterling had a gun or not, the police officers who shot him were immediately placed on leave.
Black Lives Matter has already stepped in, protesting outside the food mart where the shooting occurred, all while expressing their disgust via Twitter. Here are some of the tweets pulled from the trending hashtag: #AltonSterling:
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like every time a cops body cam doesn’t work a black person dies! #AltonSterling #TeamDl
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) July 6, 2016
#AltonSterling is the 558th person to be killed by police this year…it’s only July and he’s more than just a number.
— Angela Rye! (@angela_rye) July 6, 2016
Black people: please look out for your safety. These cops are murdering us and the law is protecting them. We are all #AltonSterling.
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) July 6, 2016
How many more times are black people going to lose their lives to the hands of the police? Is leave a correct punishment after murdering a man? Read more on the shooting and see video from witnesses here.