Alton Sterling Shooting by Police in Baton Rouge Sets Off Protests
A graphic video shows a Baton Rouge police officer shooting and killing Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was selling CDs in front of a convenience store early Tuesday morning.
The video appears to have been shot by a witness to the incident.
Baton Rouge police said uniformed officers responded to a call after midnight Tuesday about a black male in a red shirt who was selling CDs and had reportedly threatened the caller with a gun.
Officers “made contact” with the 5-foot-11 Alton Sterling in the parking lot of the Triple S Food Mart, and an altercation ensued, police said in a statement.
“Alton Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene,” the statement said.
Two officers have been placed on administration leave “per standard procedure,” it added, saying the investigation was ongoing.
Alton Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back, according to East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. William Clark. He would not immediately confirm reports that Sterling was shot seven times.
On Twitter, Alton Sterling name began trending on Tuesday night, as members of the Black Lives Matter movement expressed disgust and anguish at his death. Images from social media showed large numbers of protesters marching in Baton Rouge.
A crowd outside of the Triple S Food Mart, where the shooting happened, swelled to more than 200 people, according to The Baton Rouge Advocate, with many demanding that the officers be punished.
You know, that’s what gets me when I see these videos these days. It’s the ease w/ which we are killed that gets me. #AltonSterling
— deray mckesson (@deray) July 6, 2016