Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana called for the Department of Justice to investigate Sterling’s death.
“The video footage released today of the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department was deeply troubling and has understandably evoked strong emotion and anger in our community,” Richmond said in a statement. “I share in this anger and join the community in the pursuit of justice.”
The convenience store’s owner, Abdul Muflahi, told WAFB-TV the first officer used a Taser on Sterling and the second officer tackled the man. Muflahi said as Sterling fought to get the officer off of him, the first officer shot him “four to six times.”
The owner said he saw officers remove a gun from Sterling’s pocket after the shooting, but that Sterling did not have a gun in his hand at the time.
Sterling, who is a father of five, has been selling CDs outside the store for years.
I wonder if folks still think Jesse Williams’ speech was a racist rant?