Alton Sterling Shooting – Baton Rouge

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abc news

Baton Rouge Man’s Son Breaks Down as Mom Addresses Deadly Cop Shooting

July 6, 2016

The 15-year-old son of Alton Sterling, a black man who was shot and killed by white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wept uncontrollably and cried “Daddy!” this morning as his mother spoke to reporters about the deadly confrontation, which was captured on video.

“He [her son Cameron Sterling] had to watch this, as this was put all over the outlets,” Quinyetta McMillon said. “As a mother, I have now been forced to raise a son who is going to remember what happened to his father.”

Alton Sterling, 37, was killed early Tuesday in a shooting that was captured on cellphone video. In the video, two officers appear to struggle with Sterling and slam him to the ground. One man seems to yell “gun.” Then at least two shots are fired while the officers are close to Sterling. Baton Rouge police said the incident began when uniformed officers responded to a disturbance call from someone who said a black man who was selling CDs threatened him with a gun. Officers approached Sterling in the parking lot of the convenience store, and “an altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued,” police said. He was shot during the altercation and died at the scene, police said. The coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish said Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and back. Officers Blane Salamoni, a four-year veteran, and Howie Lake II, a three-year veteran, were placed on leave in connection with Sterling’s death, according to a Baton Rouge police news release. Both officers work in the Uniform Patrol Division.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said when the officers involved were interviewed by the case detectives, the two officers “indicated that they feared for their life and that deadly force was necessary and justified.” There is video from the police body cameras, which became dislodged during the incident but continued recording, as well as video from the in-car camera and the store, officials said today. It was not clear if that footage has been reviewed or what it showed. “The individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children who depended upon their daddy on a daily basis,” McMillon said, adding Alton Sterling “simply tried to earn a living to take care of his children.”

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SOURCE = ABC News

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CNN

Alton Sterling shooting: Video of deadly encounter with officers sparks outrage

(CNN)A day after a video captured white officers pinning down a black man who was shot by one of the officers outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, federal authorities are investigating the case. Alton Sterling, 37, is dead. The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is leading an investigation into what happened. And the president of the NAACP’s local branch is calling for the city’s police chief and mayor to resign. Tensions are running high as officials vow to be transparent about how they handle the controversial case. Here’s the latest on what we know:

• The officers involved in Tuesday’s shooting — Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II — have been placed on administrative leave. A police incident report says Sterling was shot by one of the officers but doesn’t specify which.

• The U.S. attorney’s office in Baton Rouge, the FBI and state police also will be involved in the investigation, Gov. John Bel Edwards said.
• “I don’t plan on resigning,” police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said in response to calls for him to step down. “We have done a lot of good in this community. We have worked very hard in this community. Do we have an issue right now? Yes. But we are working right now to bring the truth out.”
• The chief vowed authorities would conduct a transparent and independent investigation. “Like you, there is a lot that we do not understand, and at this point, like you, I am demanding answers,” Dabadie said. “Like you all, my prayers are with this community, and especially with the family and loved ones of Mr. Sterling, and all the members of the Baton Rouge Police Department.”
• Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden defended his city’s response to Sterling’s death, noting that officials had been discussing the importance of conducting an independent investigation from the outset. “It’s not like we need to be hand-held and spoon-fed when it comes to doing what’s right,” Holden said. The mayor described Baton Rouge as an “inclusive community” with top-ranked police, fire and emergency medical services. “We have a wound right now, but we’ll be healing, and making this city and parish whole again,” he said.
• Authorities urged people to be peaceful if they protest the shooting.
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SOURCE = CNN

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New York Times

Alton Sterling Shooting in Baton Rouge Prompts Justice Dept. Investigation

July 6, 2016

The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation on Wednesday into the fatal shooting of a black man by the Baton Rouge police that was captured on video, as city and state leaders appealed to a city roiled by the killing to remain calm. Two white officers were arresting Alton B. Sterling, 37, early Tuesday, and had him pinned to the ground when at least one of them shot him. There was some confusion about whether Mr. Sterling had a gun — though the police chief said during a news conference that officers were responding the reports of an armed man. The episode was partially captured on video, propelling the case to national attention, like a string of recorded police shootings before it. The shooting prompted protests, and relatives of Mr. Sterling, civic leaders and state lawmakers demanded an investigation independent of the Baton Rouge police.

“I have full confidence that this matter will be investigated thoroughly, impartially and professionally,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in announcing the federal takeover of the case. “I have very serious concerns. The video is disturbing, to say the least.” Pleading for calm, the governor said: “I know that that may be tough for some, but it’s essential that we do that. I know that there are protests going on, but it’s urgent that they remain peaceful.” The decision to have the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the F.B.I. and the United States Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge conduct the investigation was welcomed by a lawyer for Mr. Sterling’s family. “We’re confident that it won’t be swept under the rug,” said the lawyer, Edmond Jordan, who is also a state representative. “I think people are confident that justice will be pursued.”

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SOURCE = The New York Times

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USA Today

Protests break out after Baton Rouge police fatally shoot man

July 6, 2016

Protesters called for more demonstrations Wednesday following a night of unrest over the fatal shooting of a black man by police officers that was caught on video outside a Baton Rouge convenience store. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave following the incident early Tuesday. The officers have not been identified. Officers responded to the store about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after an anonymous caller indicated a man, later identified as Alton Sterling, 37, selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said. Two officers responded and some type of altercation with the man ensued. One officer fatally shot the suspect, McKneely said. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard department policy, he said.

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SOURCE = USA Today

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The Washington Post

Outrage after video captures white Baton Rouge police officer fatally shooting a black man

July 6, 2016

Officials in Baton Rouge moved quickly on Wednesday to quell national outrage at what is the latest in a string of fatal police encounters captured on video — the shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man. Sterling was shot and killed early Tuesday morning after police responded to a complaint about an armed man threatening people outside a convenience store. Cellphone video showing Sterling on the ground, underneath two officers, when he was killed, began circulating online early Tuesday evening. By the end of the night, the outrage was rippling nationwide. Baton Rouge police, the local district attorney, and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who called the video “disturbing,” announced Wednesday morning that federal officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice would investigate Sterling’s death.

About an hour later,  Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie named both officers who had been involved in the shooting: Blane Salamoni, a four-year veteran from a prominent local law enforcement family, and Howie Lake, a three-year veteran of the department. “We want to know what happened, we want to know the truth,” said Dabadie, who did not clarify which officer fired the fatal shots. “At this point, like you, I am demanding answers, like you all, my prayers are with this community and the family and loved ones of Mr. Sterling.”

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SOURCE = The Washington Post

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