Baton Rouge Police Kill Alton Sterling
Protests erupted after two Baton Rouge police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling early Tuesday morning in front of a convenience store.
Sterling, 37, was accosted by police around 12:30 a.m. outside of a Triple S Food Mart where he was selling CDs. Police state they were responding to a disturbance call from someone who claimed he had threatened them with a gun.
Alton had no idea why the police were trying to detain him, but the 39-second cellphone video which has surfaced online shows the officers tackling him to the ground – then, killing him.
He was tasered as he struggled to get the officers off of him. Then, one officer yells, “He’s got a gun! Gun!” (which was in Alton Sterling’s pocket) and the other officers draws his weapon and shoots him in the chest and back.
“We have video from the store, we’re going to get with the store owners, get their video,” Cpl. McKneely said. “We have dash cam, I believe the officer had a body camera. I’m not 100 percent sure.”
State Rep. Denise Marcelle said she was told by Baton Rouge Police Chief Dabadie that body cameras worn by both officers fell off during the incident and do not show the shooting. The chief did say there is footage of the shooting from the dashboard camera and one store surveillance camera.
Body cameras fell off, eh? How convenient!