Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of small convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, described the police killing of his friends as “a nightmare” but the event has resulted in a national outcry for action to protect innocent citizens from police violence. The federal Justice Department has launched an investigation.
Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was standing in the parking lot outside the Triple S Food Mart selling CDs as he had for years when two white police officers arrived on Tuesday night.
Muflahi saw the officers talking to Sterling and said there was no “altercation,” as police claimed, until the cops tasered and tackled the man. That’s when Muflahi took out his phone and started recording events that took placeout the front door, which show what appears to be a ruthless slaying of a citizen by police.
NJ Today is publishing this video in its entirety—despite its graphic nature—because it shows what happened before, during, and after the killing of Sterling.
A previous video only showed Sterling being tackled before the cell phone was dropped when the first two gunshots rang out, leaving viewers without a picture of the scene.
“I swear to God if you fucking move!” one of the officers yelled, pointing his gun at Sterling’s chest. “He’s got a gun! Gun!”
Muflahi’s video does not appear to support the officer’s claim that Sterling’s gun represented an active threat: It appears to have been in a pocket and never reached his hand. Instead, the video shows Sterling pinned down, shot twice in the chest, and then shot four more times.
After mortally wounding him, one of the officers removes what appears to be a gun from right pocket of Sterling’s pants. Police during a Wednesday press conference refused to comment on whether Sterling actually had a gun.
“Fuck!” one cop yells into his radio. “10-4, 10-4… shots fired! Shots fired!”
Sterling was still alive immediately after the shooting. The video shows his left hand move over a dark pool of blood filling the center of his red T-shirt. By the time paramedics arrived minutes later, Sterling was dead.
The eyewitnesses who were recording the incident were interviewed by police at headquarters.
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