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.”

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