Wednesday, July 06, 2016

When Will It Be Enough? #AltonSterling

Alton Sterling was standing outside the Trip S Food Mart selling CDs.

Someone placed a 911 call saying a black male in a red shirt had reportedly the caller with a gun.

The Baton Rouge Police Department sent uniformed officers to the scene. Those officers “made contact" with Sterling in the parking lot and an altercation ensued.
"Get on the ground, get on the ground."
The officers confront Alton Sterling; one officer tackles Sterling, throwing him on the hood of the car and onto the ground and then the second officer climbs on and helps hold him down.
One officer seems to shout:
"He's got a gun! Gun!"
And, while Alton Sterling is on the ground, being held down by a police officer, another officer pulls out his gun and holds it the back of Sterling’s head or neck.

More shouts; then two pops.

A video camera catches it all but then cuts away.
"Oh my God."
"They shot him?"
"They killed this boy."
Alton Sterling died at the scene died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back.

The two officers have been placed on administration leave "per standard procedure."

An investigation was ongoing.

Isn’t it enough? Yet?

5 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Another sad day.

mistress maddie said...

Someone should have a blog titled, The Gun Report, to makes us aware of the poor lives taken. One would have enough material 365 days of the year. Living in seclusion is looking better everyday.

Bob Slatten said...

@MM
I believe, if I read it correctly, that there have been 581 gun deaths in the US this year.

anne marie in philly said...

let me guess...the police are white, the victim is black, the victim did not have a gun, guns don't kill, and the NRA approves this message.

we suck at gun control.

Helen Lashbrook said...

Saw this on the BBC this morning. Do white police officers think they are duty bound to kill all young black men in the US? This is appalling, whether he had a gun in his pocket or no; remove the weapon and handcuff him, that's all that's needed