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Shocking Video Of Baton Rouge Police Shooting

Police in Baton Rouge fatally shot 37-year-old Alton Sterling outside of a Triple S Food Mart convenience store early Tuesday morning. A bystander’s cellphone video of the shooting circulated on social media shortly after Sterling’s autopsy results were announced.

According to The New Orleans Advocate, the autopsy indicated that Sterling died as the result of a homicide and suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest. The officers were reportedly responding to a 911 call by an anonymous man complaining of another man threatening him with a gun.

The video shows a man being pinned to the ground by two police officers.

From Gawker:

As one officer pins one of the man’s arms, a voice shouts, “He’s got a gun!”

One officer then says, “Hey, bro, you fucking move I swear to God,” and both officers appear to draw weapons. After a moment of unintelligible shouting, one of the officers appears to fire his weapon.

CNN reported that Sterling was known as the “CD man,” who sold CDs and DVDs outside of the convenience store with the owner, Abdullah Muflahi’s permission.

From CNN:

Muflahi let him sell CDs in front of the store. He said Sterling never got into fights.

Muflahi said he saw the officers slam Sterling on a car.

“They told him not to move,” he said. “He was asking them what he did wrong.”

He said the officers then used a stun gun on Sterling at least once before shooting.

Both got on top of him, and one ordered him not to move.

The one closest to Sterling’s legs yelled “gun,” and the shots followed.

After the shooting, Muflahi said an officer reached into Sterling’s pocket and pulled out a gun.

When it was over, Muflahi said he heard the officers talking on the scene, saying they had been called there due to a complaint that Sterling had pulled a gun on someone.

Contrary to that report, Muflahi said that he never saw Sterling get into any altercations. He was also unaware of any incident that involved Sterling pulling a gun on someone. “Just five minutes before,” Muflahi told CNN, “he walked into the store getting something to drink, joking around, (and we were) calling each other names.”

Muflahi told The New Orleans Advocate that the officers were “really aggressive from the start” in dealing with Sterling. “His hand was nowhere (near) his pocket,” Muflahi said. He also claims that Sterling wasn’t holding a gun.

The officers who shot Sterling have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure after a police shooting. Their identities are being withheld until Wednesday. According to WAFB, State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle said that the officers were wearing body cameras, but they supposedly fell off during the struggle and didn’t record the shooting.

From WAFB:

She added that detectives also have video of the shooting from at least one convenience store surveillance camera and from the dashboard camera of at least one police patrol car that has not been released.

“What I said to the chief is he has to have transparency in this matter because as you can see this is getting out of hand. People are clearly upset and they want transparency,” Marcelle said

Marcelle has requested that Louisiana State Police, which has been briefed on the situation, take over the investigation. However, Col. Mike Edmonson with LSP said Mayor Kip Holden and BRPD Police Chief Carl Dabadie must make the request, and as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, they have not done so.

Baton Rouge mayoral candidate Sharon Weston Broome released the following statement on Tuesday:

The video evidence of today’s tragic shooting is very disturbing. We need an exhaustive internal and external investigation of this fatal shooting. We cannot afford any missteps in this investigation. We also need to hear from Chief Dabadie immediately. We must demand justice and the facts and then we must come together to act decisively.

Our entire community should be concerned about what has occurred. Once we have the facts, this incident has to be a lightning rod for change, but not a catalyst for violence and unrest like we have seen in other cities

On Wednesday morning, the Sterling family spoke at a press conference, where his eldest son broke down.
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As for the two officers, police spokesperson L’Jean McKneely told reporters that the shooting is an “ongoing investigation.”

“We are going to interview the officers and get as much information as we need to do a thorough investigation,” said McKneely. “We’re going to be clear, precise and sure the community knows what transpired here at this location.”

Sterling is the 505th person to have been shot and killed by police in 2016.

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