#AltonSterling, is the 558th person killed by cops in 2016.
How did he die?According to reports from USA Today, an autopsy shows Alton Sterling died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back. He was outside the convenience store selling CDs and was confronted by the police. He was fatally shot during the confrontation with the police.
Who were the officers?
The officers have not been identified but both officers have been placed on administrative leave while investigations are going on.Tragic and maddeningly unsurprising.#AltonSterling, is the 558th person killed by cops in 2016.https://t.co/WDm8DBM6Oi— Fusion (@Fusion) July 6, 2016
The ResponseThe response from the #BlackLivesMatter community has been huge. There have been several protests following the shooting and things quickly escalated when a video surfaced on social media of the shooting.
can you believe one white boy got ARRESTED for killing 9 people in church but a black man got KILLED for selling cds? #AltonSterling— shay (@vapormendes) July 6, 2016
Father of 5, family man, no drugs, no weapons, non violent. Selling cd’s trying to provide for his family Smfh #altonsterling
— masika kalysha (@masikakalysha) July 6, 2016
1.Cops kills black dude— Anonymous (@AnonyMobLive) July 6, 2016
2.Officers go on paid-leave
3.No criminal punishment ensued
4.People riot for #AltonSterling.
5.Repeat, new city.
Legit pointed a gun to the man’s head and pulled the trigger. #AltonSterling
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) July 6, 2016
A father of five.This is murder.
Shot dead for selling cd’s.
RIP #AltonSterling pic.twitter.com/1tHsf6ohx7
— wHo (@ZoloZaynZquaad) July 6, 2016
Here is the profile page of the officer that shot #altonsterling and murdered him. Why is this not surprising?? pic.twitter.com/s5K9occzRj
— Ava (@Ava_Azzz) July 6, 2016
There is nothing to describe #AltonSterling‘s murder but execution— Wicca Folk Nightmare (@wiccanightmare) July 6, 2016
Wow just saw video his hands were clearly visible, R.I.P. #AltonSterling
— I question people (@Virtual_thug192) July 6, 2016
On July 5th Black America was reminded that we are not independent. #AltonSterling— Brotha B (@BlakeDontCrack) July 6, 2016
Five shots. FIVE SHOTS. #AltonSterling
— Cassandre Presume (@cdrepresume) July 6, 2016
The video evidence of
#AltonSterling will be seen by some as gruesome. It is an emotional trigger and deeply disturbing that a man who was pinned on the ground can get shot five times. Five times.
#AltonSterling in the video he obviously wasn’t resisting !!!!!!!— ❤️kweenkeyy❤️ (@Keymyknee) July 6, 2016
& the police wonder why people think all cops are bad cops 👐🏽‼️
Just watched the video of #AltonSterling and my heart literally sank. This is truly unreal.
— Brooklynn. (@brooklynnlnae) July 6, 2016
That video truly has me sick. Why wasn’t tasing an option? You already had #AltonSterling on the ground, did you really need a gun?— ariánna. (@ariiii__) July 6, 2016
That video was so heartbreaking.. 2 officers shot him 5 times while they had him pinned on the ground… ON THE GROUND. 😔 #AltonSterling
— Gigi (@GinaLewww) July 6, 2016
I have seen the video of the shooting by Baton Rouge, LA of #AltonSterling. Deeply disturbing and tragic. @Deray has it on his TL.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 6, 2016
The video evidence of #AltonSterling is as gruesome as the video evidence of the many Black lives lost to police brutality.
— fried plantains (@glenpalmtree) July 6, 2016
The visual evidence alone from that video should be enough to give them life in prison. But we know how this story will end. #AltonSterling
— Avery (@AFashionatto) July 6, 2016
#AltonSterling had his 2nd,4th,and 14th Amendment Constitutional rights COMPLETELY violated in the video where he was executed.— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 6, 2016
If after seeing the tweets you want to watch the video, it is still circulating online.