Man Who Recorded Alton Sterling’s Death Has Been Fired From His Job
Just 24 hours after recording and posting Alton Sterling’s horrific death by two Baton Rouge police officers, which in turn ignited protests across the country, Christopher DeLay was arrested at his job
According to WSB-TV police arrived at DeLay’s place of employment, the Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Ga., and arrested him on alleged assault and battery charges. DeLay’s lawyer Tiffany Simmons says the charges leveled against her client are false.
“He never had a warrant for an assault,” Simmons told the station. “My client has never had any criminal history. They never showed a warrant for an assault to my client, in fact my client was held in DeKalb County Jail for at least 26 hours and they never produced a warrant.”
Simmons then said after the police couldn’t produce a warrant, she was told DeLay was being held for unpaid parking tickets. Once the tickets were resolved, DeLay tried to return to work at the base and was reportedly turned away at the gate for “security clearance issues.”
DeLay isn’t the first person to record a black man being killed by police and suffer consequences. Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed NYPD police placing Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, was arrested several times by officers.