Alton Sterling was tragically shot and killed at the age of 37 by police in Baton Rouge, LA, and celebrities have taken to social media to speak out about the injustice.
Alton Sterling was killed during an altercation with police shortly after midnight on July 5, and as people protest in the streets over the father of five’s brutal death, Chris Brown, Olivia Wilde, Zendaya and more celebrities are sharing their reactions on Instagram and Twitter. Take a look right here.
Chris Brown posted a video of Sterling being tackled on Instagram, captioning it, “THIS IS F*CK*NG WRONG!!!!!!!! HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE AS PEOPLE ARE GONNA ALLOW THIS MURDER AND BRUTALITY?????? I HATE THIS!!!!!!! GUNS DONT KILL POEPLE, CRAZY PEOPE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE!” Rapper J. Cole also tweeted “STOP F*CK*N KILLIN US,” though he later deleted it. Many more celebs have tweeted their reactions to the shooting:
How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose?
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 6, 2016
Don't even know what to say anymore. What is happening https://t.co/lcxpUXrseS
— Aaron Tveit (@AaronTveit) July 6, 2016
Very upset reading about #AltonSterling this morning. when will this end????
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 6, 2016
— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) July 6, 2016
watching that video made my head and heart hurt. wake up, world #AltonSterling
— ac (@alessiacara) July 6, 2016
So much Brutality in the world. We don't have all the info but looks like a cold blooded killing. UNACCEPTABLE!!!! https://t.co/G8QRDbti48
— Chad Michael Murray (@ChadMMurray) July 6, 2016
As we previously told you, officers received an anonymous call from a convenience store on July 5. The caller claimed a man in a red shirt was outside selling CDs and had threatened him with a gun, according to Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely. When the police arrived, there was an altercation with the individual, and he was fatally shot.
The convenience store owner, Abdul Muflahi, told WAFB-TV that one police officer used a taser on Sterling, and the other tackled him. When Alton fought the police officer, he was shot “four to six times”. Muflahi added that he witnessed the officers remove a gun from Sterling’s pocket once he was dead — and that Sterling was not holding the weapon at his time of death. Keep checking back at HollywoodLife.com as the story develops.
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