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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Man, 37, Shot, Killed By Police

Late Alton Sterling
The night rest of Nigerians Tuesday night, was pretty much disturbed by news coming out of Louisiana (USA) about the death of 37-year old Alton Sterling. His death was as a result of a fatal shot(s) by police officers in Baton Rouge. He was said to have been shot around 12.35am. A 48-second video has surfaced online and shows the shooting of Alton Sterling and this has sparked outrage in the community and on social media.

The police officers have been identified as Officer Blane Salamoni and Officer Howie Lake. The officers, both 28-year-olds with less than five years with the department, have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Sterling was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart, at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive, WAFB-TV reports. Salamoni and Lake (the police men involved in the incident) had responded to a disturbance call in which the caller said someone had been threatening him with a gun, police told the news station.
Late Alton Sterling, wife and kids
Baton Rouge Police have released few details about the shooting, including whether Sterling was armed. But a witness said that Sterling did have a gun, but was not holding it or reaching for his pockets during the incident.

“There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding Mr. Sterling’s death, including questions about the initial calls for police presence, the level of force used by officers, the verbal and physical altercation and the response of the officers after he was shot,” 

Louisiana  one of the states in America that runs the open carry gun lawThe video below (contains graphic content) shows the altercation  during the incident. User discretion is advised

 


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