Disturbing cell phone video surfaced Tuesday of two Louisiana cops killing 37-year-old Alton Sterling while he was selling music outside a Baton Rouge convenience store.
An anonymous caller claimed he had a gun.
via NY Daily News:
The grim 48-second cell phone video of the killing outside Triple S. Food Mart shows two police officers tackling and wrestling a heavy-set man in a red shirt against the hood of a car before throwing him to the pavement.
“He’s got a gun,” one officer cries while the pair pinned Sterling to the ground.
“You f—–g move, I swear to God,” the other cop yells, before the two draw their weapons. The terrified bystander turns the camera phone away as five shots ring out — two of which a coroner said struck Sterling in the chest and back.
They shot him?” a man’s startled voice says in the video. “Yes,” a woman replies between sobs.
Officers responded to the store about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after an anonymous caller said a man selling CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun, said Baton Rouge Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.
It should be noted that in the state of Louisiana, gun owners are ALLOWED to carry WITHOUT a permit as long as they’re over 18 and not felons.
Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the store had no knowledge of an argument outside his store that led to the initial 911 call.
Abdullah later witnessed officers remove a gun from Alton’s pocket after the shooting and acknowledged he bought the firearm days earlier for protection after learning other CD salesman in the area had been robbed.
Police confiscated the store’s surveillance footage that the Abdullah said would have captured the entirety of what happened.
“His hand was not in his pocket, nor did he have the gun in his hand,” recounted Abdullah, defending Alton’s final moments before the officer gunned him down.
The graphic cell phone video that recorded the incident can be seen below. Both officers were wearing body cameras, but according to the police reports they had fallen off during the scuffle.
— Today’sLoop (@TodaysLoop) July 6, 2016