Alton Sterling was known locally in his town of Baton Rouge as a “CD man”. He had recently started carrying a gun – after he heard that other CD vendors were getting robbed – a few days before he died on July 5th.
His death at the hands of police shocked Louisiana and indeed the whole world. The next day, Philando Castile – another black male – was also killed at the hands of police officers, this time in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
Alton Sterling’s death was recored from a number of different angles however, a new video has been released which shows the horrific incident – in which Sterling was shot multiple times a point blank range – in further detail.
The officers involved were Howie Lake II and Blane Salamon. They responded to a call that a man wearing red and selling CDs had threatened someone with a gun. The owner of the store where the shooting occurred, Abdullah Muflahi, stated that Sterling was “not the one causing trouble”. Lake had previously been placed on department-mandated leave after he shot an African American male.
The video below contains graphic scenes of death:
The Black Lives Matter campaign has picked up a huge amount of momentum since the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. On the next page, watch a Black Lives Matter march attempt to occupy a city hall.
n the wake of the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Black Lives Matter campaigners are making sure their voices are heard. A hybrid of peaceful protest and disruptive disobedience, their cause will continue to hit headlines for as long as they protest these injustices.
It’s clear that police brutality is not a thing of the past – and that we’ve still got a way to go before we can say that black lives and white lives are treated equally. Sadly, I feel that we’ve regressed back to a time where each incident causes a retaliative reaction, in turn increasing tension on either side. In these sad times, we need to come together and not be torn apart.