So heartbreaking. A new video has emerged, showing Anton Sterling, 37, being shot point-blank in the chest after his altercation with two police officers on July 5. Click here to see the frightening incident unfold.
Alton Sterling, 37, a black man and father-of-five, was tragically shot dead by two white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after an altercation that occurred outside a convenient store on July 5. Now, the video of the incident has been released, showing the moment Alton was shot in the chest while pinned on the ground. A warning to our readers: the clip is very graphic.
The difficult-to-watch video, shared via ABC News, was provided by the convenient store owner, Abdul Muflahi, and shows the two officers pressing down on Alton. One is straddling him to keep him firmly planted on the ground while the other uses his weight to hold down his left arm. An officer can be heard saying, “He’s got a gun! Gun!” — he then utilizes his weapon and fires. Multiple shots can be heard in the background as the camera pans away for a moment. Then, Alton can be seen lying on his back with a gunshot blow to his chest. The end of the clip shows Alton’s blood splattered on the car next to him, with a censored blob covering his open wounds.
Shortly after midnight on July 5, two officers responded to an anonymous phone call claiming a man in a red shirt (Alton) was outside selling CDs and had threatened him with a gun, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely told the press. Upon arrival, there was some sort of verbal altercation with the suspect which turned physical and ended with him being fatally shot.
Both officers involved have since been put on administrative leave. The autopsy showed that the multiple gunshots in Alton’s chest and back were the cause of his death, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William Clark confirmed.
Protesters have since taken to the streets, chanting, “hands up, don’t shoot” as well as “black lives matter.” Celebrities are also outraged at Alton’s untimely death, including human rights activist and Greys Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, 34. Other A-listers who also spoke out regarding the atrocity include Camila Cebelo, 19, Amy Schumer, 35, and Zendaya, 19.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about this shocking and graphic video of Alton being fatally shot? Please pray for his family, friends and loved ones.