The Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling Causes Widespread Outrage

Alton Sterling is the newest name added to the ongoing list of black men and women killed by law enforcement. Tuesday night (July 5) video surfaced online of the Baton Rouge man being shot multiple times by two Louisiana police officers.

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The uniform officers involved have since been placed on administrative leave. According to reports, the cops responded to a disturbance at the Triple S Food Mart because a man was  allegedly selling CDs, carrying a gun and threatening people. An altercation ensued between Sterling and law enforcement which resulted in Sterling being, shot multiple times in the chest and back, according to the local coroner’s office.

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News of 37-year-old Sterling’s death comes a little more than six weeks after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a “Blue Lives Matter” bill, which expanded the states hate crime statute to include the targeting of police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel.

After the gruesome video (below) of Sterling’s death surfaced, many online expressed frustration about the on-going violence against African-Americans in this country, as well as the sadness.

 

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