OK first let’s get one fact straight. Louisiana is very flexible with their gun laws. Open carry is completely LEGAL. No registration is required for handguns or long guns. So was he shot because he carried a gun or was he shot and killed because he was selling CDs?
Being that it is completely legal to have a gun why shoot someone for exercising their rights? We can assume that the officers didn’t know who they would be confronting before they arrived because they had received an anonymous tip, so no name was given . They couldn’t have known if the man in question was a convicted felon. Wouldn’t the FIRST thing to do when arriving on the scene is ask questions? Who are you, What are you doing here, are you armed and if so are you a convicted felon? Can I have you ssn to run your name or can you show me some ID? I understand it’s a dangerous world out there, but this man didn’t stand a chance. He didn’t get any opportunity to defend himself. He was gunned down like an animal. I suppose the motto for LEO is, SHOOT FIRST AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER.
A call came in and it was said that Sterling had been threatening someone with a gun. We don’t know if that is true or not at this point, however, it is shown that Sterling did have a gun. The store owner states that Alton was compliant, and that he kept his hands in the air. Witnesses state that they never saw Sterling reach for anything, even though in a video officers are screaming that HE’S GOT A GUN. The problem with that is as a convicted Felon, that is ILLEGAL. BUT they don’t know that he’s a convicted felon. So technically at that time, He, Sterling, was within his rights. The punishment for having a gun as a felon is NOT DEATH. I can assure you of that. It’s usually jail time. There is no actual PROOF that Sterling assaulted anyone because the caller left the scene. So it’s heresay. There was no opposition at the scene so it would have given these officers a chance to hear his side of the story. But no, they weren’t interested in justice. They were interested in blood. These officers shouted loudly as if to appear credible. They wanted to be justified in their slaughter.
The store owner said that he ALLOWED Sterling to sell CDs in front of his store and did NOT see any altercation between he and another visitor that evening.
Selling CDs is ILLEGAL. And it’s not punishable by death. So why did this young man die? I usually talk your heads off during these topics, but today I’m speechless. My stomach is in knots over this. I DON’T want to talk about his criminal history. That has nothing to do with his murder. At the time of his senseless murder, these pigs didn’t know who they were killing.
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Two police officers on leave after fatal shooting
(CNN)Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot to death as he lay on the ground with two police officers on top of him Tuesday morning.
A video of the incident, which was posted to social media, has sparked national attention. Many questions remain unanswered.
The case is being investigated, and Baton Rouge police told CNN that detectives will review the video.
They said it was not sent to them, but that it was first given to the media and put on social media.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard following an officer-involved shooting.
The owner of the convenience store where Sterling was killed says he’s sure the incident was caught on his store’s surveillance cameras, though he hasn’t seen it. Police took the video later Tuesday, he told CNN.
Edmond Jordan, an attorney representing Sterling’s aunt, Sandra Sterling, and the mother of Alton Sterling’s child, confirmed to CNN that the individual shot in the video is Sterling.
His family has seen the tape.
“[They] are taking it hard right now … overwhelmed with grief,” Jordan said.
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