Justice Department to Investigate Alton Sterling’s Killing

Time: 1:03 a.m. CEST

The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge police, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Times report. Protests started after a cellphone video of Alton Sterling’s death circulated online. The shooting evokes recent controversies over deadly police shootings of black men that have catapulted the country into a fraught conversation on race, police and the use of force.

The LA Times says, “in the grainy, 48-second video, a police officer can be heard telling Sterling, 37, to get on the ground. Sterling, who is black, stands before two white police officers. One of them tackles him, and both pin him to the ground. One officer appears to hold a gun to Sterling’s chest. Someone yells, “He’s got a gun!” Shots ring out, and the video cuts away from the three men.”

WARNING: Tweet that has graphic content


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.