Alton Sterling: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

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Alton Sterling, right, and a screengrab from the bystander video of the fatal shooting by Baton Rouge Police. (Twitter)

A 37-year-old man was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, early Tuesday morning in an incident caught on video by a witness.

The 48-second video showing the shooting of Alton Sterling has sparked outrage in the community and on social media.

The officers have been identified as Officer Blane Salamoni and Officer Howie Lake II. The officers, both 28-year-olds with less than five years with the department, have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Sterling was shot and killed about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, The Advocate reports.

Sterling was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart, at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive, WAFB-TV reports.

Salamoni and Lake had responded to a disturbance call in which the caller said someone had been threatening him with a gun, police told the news station.

Baton Rouge Police have released few details about the shooting, including whether Sterling was armed. But a witness told The Advocate that Sterling did have a gun, but was not holding it or reaching for his pockets during the incident.

Here’s what you need to know:

Warning: The video below is graphic.

1. An Officer Is Heard Saying ‘He’s Got a Gun!’ & ‘You F*cking Move, I Swear to God!’ Before Shots Are Fired

Two Baton Rouge Police officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, were responding to a “disturbance call from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music cd’s and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun,” police spokesman Corporal L’Jean Mckneely Jr. said in a statement.

Mckneely said an “altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued. Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene.”

The altercation was caught on cell phone video by a bystander.

The brief video, which you can watch above, shows the end of the incident. In the video, an officer can be heard yelling “get on the ground,” out of the view of the cell phone camera. As the camera pans up, an officer is seen charging at Alton Sterling, grabbing him and tackling him into the hood of a car and then down to the pavement.

Another officer can then be seen kneeling on Sterling. After a few seconds one of the officers yells, “He’s got a gun!” The officer seen in the video kneeling on Sterling draws his weapon and one of them says, “if you f*cking move, I swear to God!”

One of the officers then says something somewhat unintelligible, that appears to be, “… he’s going for the Taser!”

Two shots can then be heard and the bystander drops the cell phone. Three more shots are then fired after a brief pause.

A zoomed-in version of the incident was posted to Twitter:

The store’s owner, Abdullah Muflahi, told The Advocate that Sterling was armed, but said he was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident, the Advocate reports. The gun was later found in his pocket, Muflahi told the newspaper. Police have not confirmed his version of events.

Newly released video recorded by Muflahi shows an officer removing a gun from Sterling’s pocket after the shooting. You can watch the video below (Warning – Graphic):

Sterling, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, is still moving after the shooting. The coroner said he died of multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest.

You can watch video of Muflahi talking about what he saw during the shooting, recorded by a reporter for The Advocate, below:

Muflahi told The Advocate that Sterling began carrying a gun after he was mugged. He said a Taser was used by the officers on Sterling, but it did not bring him to the ground. The sound of the stun gun can be heard at the start of the video.

The officers both said they “believe they were completely justified in using deadly force,” Moore said.

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2. Sterling Was Shot Multiple Times in the Back & Chest, the Coroner Says

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Alton Sterling. (Twitter)

Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a press release.

An autopsy was conducted later Tuesday. He died of multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest, the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office told WBRZ-TV.

The wounds to the back were entry wounds, not exit wounds, the coroner told He also had entry wounds to the chest.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark would not say exactly how many times Sterling was shot. He said no other injuries were found. Clark also said the results are preliminary and a toxicology report has not been completed.

You can read more about the coroner’s findings at the link below:

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3. Local Authorities Have Turned Over the Investigation to the FBI & Justice Department

After calls from Sterling’s family, local activists and politicians, the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office decided to turn over the investigation to federal authorities. It will now be handled by the FBI and the Justice Department, with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police, Governor John Bel Edwards said.

Officials announced the decision at a Wednesday press conference, which you can watch above.

“Based on my review, I thought this would be better handled by an independent agency,” District Attorney Hillar Moore said. He said the officers have already been interviewed by local police.

“The officers feel they were completely justified,” Moore said.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said he is “demanding answers” and called Sterling’s death a “horrible tragedy.”

Dabadie said, “It is our goal and our mission to make sure that a thorough, just, transparent and independent investigation be conducted into this incident.”

The city’s Mayor-President, Kip Holden, said there will not be a “cover-up” and added that he has received calls from White House officials and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the wake of the shooting.

Governor Edwards called the video “disturbing,” and asked for unity, peace and calm.

“Violence and destruction of property is not an answer to anything we face today,” Edwards said.

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4. Sterling Was Registered as a Sex Offender After Impregnating a 14-Year-Old Girl When He Was 20, But His Family & Friends Say He Wasn’t a ‘Bad Guy’

Mignon Chambers, Sterling’s sister, told WAFB-TV that he was a father of five who has been selling CDs outside the store for years.

“I really wanna know more about what happened, about the whole situation, because my brother didn’t deserve it. He didn’t deserve it at all,” Chambers told the news station.

Sharida Sterling, his cousin, told The Advocate, “He would have never fought the police, he wouldn’t have pulled a gun, he would have been too scared.”

But Sterling was also a registered sex offender, state records show. He was convicted in 2000 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and was released from prison in 2004. According to court documents, Sterling, then 20, was arrested after he impregnated a 14-year-old girl. The girl’s mother reported him to police.

The victim, Quinyetta McMillon, is the mother of Sterling’s oldest son, the family’s attorney told CNN. The family’s attorney, Edmond Jordan, told CNN that Sterling and the victim continued to have a relationship and co-parented their son until Sterling’s death.

She spoke out passionately during a family press conference Wednesday and said she would fight for justice for Sterling.

Sterling also had convictions for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery, court documents show.

You can read more about his record at the link below:

Alton Sterling Arrest Record, Criminal History & Rap Sheet [DOCUMENTS]

See Alton Sterling's criminal history, arrest record, and rap sheet. Baton Rouge are under investigation for shooting Sterling to death. Sterling was a registered sex offender & had a previous armed clash with police.

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Despite his record, Darian Gardner, his friend, told The Advocate that Sterling, “didn’t cause any harm to the community. He was nice. He wasn’t a bad guy. He was respectable.”

He was known as “CD Man” and was living in a shelter in Baton Rouge, Living Waters Outreach Ministries in recent months, The Advocate reports.

“Whatever he cooked, he cooked enough for everybody,” fellow resident Calvin Wilson told the newspaper. “I never saw him coming in here with a weapon, and I never saw him drunk.”

Wilson described the facility as a place for people looking to get back on their feet and said Sterling had a job as a cook.

“He wasn’t a bad person,” another resident, David Solomon, told the newspaper.

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Sterling’s family acknowledged his criminal record, but said that should have no bearing on the investigation and said he was moving past his history.

He was raised by his aunt, Sandra Sterling, who told the Washington Post he was a “generous giant” who had “paid his debt to society.”

His cousin, Elliott Sterling, told the Post, “He was really good at selling those CDs. If somebody asked for blues or country music, he’d know it all. He couldn’t make it in a regular job but he could make it selling CDs. He could converse with everybody.”

Elliott Sterling said his cousin’s children will now grow up without a father, like Alton did.

“He had a hard life. He didn’t have no momma, no daddy,” Elliott Sterling told the Post. “He wasn’t stable at all. He lived day to day based on what he made.”

A GoFundMe account set up by writer and producer Issa Rae to help his children has raised more than $40,000.

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5. The Officers Were Wearing Body Cameras, But Officials Say They ‘Fell Off’ During the Incident

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Officer Blane Salamoni, left, and Officer Howie Lake. (Facebook)

In addition to the witness video, police said they have surveillance video from the convenience store and dash camera video from police vehicles.

The officers were wearing body cameras, but they fell off during the incident, State Representative Denise Marcelle told WAFB-TV. She said Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. told her about the cameras falling off, and said they do not show the shooting as a result.

Sterling’s family has called for all other video showing the shooting to be released, while police have asked any witnesses who recorded video to turn it over to them to aid in the investigation.

His aunt, Sandra Sterling, told the Washington Post she is glad the video of the shooting is being spread online.

“That video is everywhere now,” she said. “It hurts me to see it. I can see the picture but I don’t want to hear the sound. The sound gets me. It gives me an anxiety attack when I hear the sound.”

She said the story had been “twisted” by police and the media to make Sterling seem like the “bad guy” before the video emerged.

“They had already prosecuted him,” she said. “Now their attitude has changed.”

Click HERE or on the “NEXT PAGE” button below to see what Sterling’s family said during an emotional press conference and to read more about the two officers involved in the shooting.

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  1. “Good Catholic Girl” believes that suspects should be allowed to draw their weapon before police may use theirs. But why stop there? I say police should be required to allow suspects to get a round or two off before they may fire their weapons. Police have the advantage of having had all that training and don’t forget there are often at least two of them to one suspect. It wouild only be fair..

    • Oh, cmon….that’s still not enough. They have radios and other tools. If we are gonna level the playing field, we need to have summer camp to train people on par with cops. If they haven’t been trained, that’s just not fair.

    • My son is a police officer. Are you nuts, the cops can’t hesitate or they would be killed. Maybe you should do your research about the suspect. He was a criminal.

      • A police officer is incapable of his job, if he shoots to kill, before a suspect even has a gun in his hand. If you’re a nervous, trigger happy, racist idiot, who cannot keep his cool, don’t apply for the police.

        • If he had done what he was told to , he would still be out selling cds, when you blacks going to learn to show some respect

        • Why didn’t this asshole (rest his soul) … just COMPLY! He was breaking the law, he HAD a gun….Imagine for a second that this was you…(so easy for armchair quarter backs, morons, idiots, liberals, and bleeding heart demented circus monkeys to NOT think of this)…there you are, telling this guy he’s under arrest, and then this LARGE dude starts giving you shit, and not complying, a struggle ensues and you wind up on the ground…with the jerk, who’s breaking the law to begin with, when a gun is felt in his pocket…he continue to struggle and may even start reaching for the gun (maybe, maybe not can’t tell) EITHER WAY….this is a formula for disaster. Would you have the cop wait to see is he pulls it out…maybe gets killed? Bullshit…unfortunate (and stupid) but, people must comply!

      • And i bet hes not like all those other dick heads. There all bullies. And thats why i reall dont give a damn if the live are die

      • His past history has no baring on a cop killing him. Did he pull the gun out on the cops??? Hell no!!! He was on the ground apprehended. He was harmless.

        • They should charge the person with manslaughter for altercating the cops after yelling out, “he has a gun.” Well, that was a dumb shit idea. I’d charge that person with manslaughter in the first degree and then have the person write a letter to the family of the individual for the rest of their lives, and then pay for the funeral expenses, the children’s schooling, supplies, and everything their dad ever provided to them. That would be justice, no more, no less. If you see a person with a gun, don’t call out, “he has a gun, unless he’s wielding it around.” Cops nowadays give two shits about anyone. They follow procedures, and do not think. They’re brainwashed, and a lot of them do come from military backgrounds. Hence some may even have PTSD and nobody knows it, but them. You really can’t get a normal job if you have PTSD, specially a government job, such as a police officer. You can even tell that this guy took care of his children, even though the girl’s mom had him arrested. Can you tell me which human being in the history of Earth, has been known to do this? None, except him. At least he’s up there working and watching, protecting his children and loved ones for eternity. I hope the 700K are bound enough to help his family. As for the police officers, think about the guy’s children, and look at your children in their eyes, and tell them you love them. I bet you can’t, and never will. You both are responsible for the death of another human being. I will not judge you, but I will tell you, if you have the instinct to kill anyone, without first questioning the individual on him grabbing the gun after hearing the person yell “he has a gun,” then you should not be allowed to be a police officer, and then go to jail for 1st degree murder.

    • If our Military, risking their lives in other countries are required to see a weapon & be fired upon before they can shoot or they will be thrown in jail I definitely think Cops need some better rules and greater consequences then they have

    • I think you are correct “Good Catholic Girl”………..I’m all in favor of allowing the bad guys to have Bigger guns, and allow them to shot a few rounds in the direction of the police all so it can be on the body camera – we shoot set a limit – you know, maybe 3 or 4 rounds before the police officer tells the guy or gal “we are going to shoot back, so put your gun down” – then, the bad guy with the bigger gun (we should have standards for that as well), should be allowed to fire off another round or two just in case he didn’t hear the police – don’t forget the bad guy will be surrounded by two maybe three cops that have been “trained” to shoot………….then, at that point I would suggest that the police give one final warning (assuming they are still alive), and then they should be allowed to shoot the S.O.B………..just saying…… good with that “Good Catholic Girl” (whatever the hell that means).

  2. I think Black Lives Matter should change their name to “Black Lies Matter”. They never demonstrate the truth of the matter.I can’t take their message serious because they are defending men who clearing are breaking the law and resisting arrest. Who are very familiar with the process of arrest and know the consequences. The definition if insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result! Instead of the group helping the community to prevent these killings. The officers were called to the scene by someone that felt very threatened by this man resisted arrest and and had a weapon. I was bussed bussed to a black school in the 70’s. The black received the same education I did. We were all taught about authority and know that when we are told by the police halt! You comply. There is no excuse for resisting arrest and people idolizing criminal activity will never make it right. Nor will it make true hero’s out of the defi

      • No, you’re an idiot. What is the purpose to have a gun in a pocket? What is the intent to use a gun, from a pocket? Not target shooting…not hunting. The persons intent will be to, obviously, is it on or towards another human. So you bring your gun in your pocket and be threatening and aggressive or resistant and see what happens…duh!

      • No. However, brandishing a gun (or do we believe the person who called had x-ray vision), failing to comply, resisting and going for an officers weapon does… So YOU’RE an idiot!

      • And your comment just showed who you are, a hypocrite. Why are you calling names to people you don’t even know and then state All Lives Matter when clearly you don’t truly think that so would that also make you “lower than a snake’s belly” Change Hateful hearts, stop hate!

    • salamoni and lake appear to be big men, why couldn’t they restrain the perp without killing him. agreed the perp was a peace of sh**, don’t police have batons, or other means to control a person. the police action aganist the perp lead to the death of three better men. why didn’t the police or d.a. arrest the cops , put them in jail while they decided what action to take?

      • Big bill do you really lack that much critical thinking skill? The article says the cops shot him with a taser and he failed to go down. Since when are cops detained in these investigations? Grow a brain stem.

    • That’s not the definition of insanity. You watch too much movies. Nor is it even a true statement. I agree with your points though.

  3. Every time this happens we see that the black “victim” is or has committing a crime and is either assaulting or attempting to assault an officer. They usually have a criminal record and fail to comply with the officer’s commands. When will people learn to behave?

    • This time the man did comply even though he had a record, and there was no assault on these two reckless cops. One of them is going to prison where they belong. What sins are in your past? Have you learned how to behave?

      • Look at other video his right hand was moving an trying to get to his pocket guess they should have let him pull it an see if he was gonna use it .

      • At what point do you see Mr. Sterling complying with officers? Was it when he was told to place his hands on the car?..and he did not. Was it when he was warned that he would be tazed if he did not place his hands on the hood?…he still did not. Was it after tazers were deployed for his non compliance? Or was it when he can clearly be seen looking towards his right pocket and his right arm making what could be interpreted as a move to reach for said weapon that we all know was in his pocket? Please, point me to where you see compliance.

    • It’s obvious that you really are racist, you’re probably going to vote for Donald Trump for how you’re talking. With the way Alton was pinned it was pretty impossible for him to even reach a gun. on top of that the cop said “gun” okay ?? Uhm… where ? It wasn’t in his hand. And I dare you to say it was in his hand cause if you do then you need to get glasses because you’re blind. They pulled the gun out of his pocket. Why say gun if it obviously was in his pocket ? You said, “they usually have a criminal record” did Sandra Bland have a criminal record ? did Trayvon Martin have a criminal record ?

      • Sandra Bland was a belligerent, obnoxious, and unstable woman. She was disrespectful and goaded the officer into a confrontation, and then did not comply when he issued her an order to leave the vehicle. The video was beyond painful to watch – her behavior was horrendous and incredibly grating. She was an unstable woman that hung herself in her jail cell after throwing a tantrum that landed her in jail. Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a hispanic man after assaulting him. You people are unbelievable and will spin any story you can to play the race card and avoid taking responsibility for shitty behavior.

      • Yes Travon had a criminal record for theft. He was caught with stolen items and caught holding marijuana…and yes Sandra Bland had a criminal record including DUI and a variety of violations regarding driving an insured vehicle, driving recklessly..etc, If it was your point that they did not have a criminal record 46 pages long like Alton Sterling or with such serious violations then you would be right.but they both had criminal records. Martin’s was hidden because he was young and Bland’s is public for anyone who wants to search.

  4. Every life matters. How many times was he given a direct command by a uniformed police officer that he refused to comply with? When they finally get him to the ground there is still an active struggle. He has a gun and is not giving up. What would have happened if he complied and actually cooperated with the police? Bet he didn’t have a permit to be carrying a hand gun on a premis where alcohol is sold either. Police officers leave their families every day with a real threat of never coming home. The fact that their actions are judged by a 48 second block of time that doesn’t show what led to the sad outcome isn’t fair. If people would act appropriately and respectfully they would most likely be treated that way in return. There are consequences to every action we make and most of the time negative situations are made worse when we react in a manner that promotes more negativity. Be the change you wish to see in the world even if you don’t see change due to your effort.

  5. Are you serious! It doesn’t matter about his past. Your trying to use facts to support what happened to that man. Explain that shot in the back!

    • Hey dork, he was not shot in the back. Here again MISINFORMED or illiterate people who can’t read or only choose to believe what they want. It was a through and through shot; meaning it went from front (chest) through his body and exited his back and probably ricocheted off pavement and reentered…duh!

      • Hey dork! He was shot in the back. Several times and several times in the chest. See the coroner’s report. Whose the dork now.

        • Because after the first shots are fired you can see him roll over and flip the officer, to which he is told to get on the ground and then more shots are fired.

      • From the article above: “Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a press release.

        An autopsy was conducted later Tuesday. He died of multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest, the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office told WBRZ-TV.

        The wounds to the back were entry wounds, not exit wounds, the coroner told He also had entry wounds to the chest.

        East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark would not say exactly how many times Sterling was shot. He said no other injuries were found. Clark also said the results are preliminary and a toxicology report has not been completed.”

    • I am hoping that a cure is found for the contagious and deadly disease called stupidity. It is spreading through the country at an alarming rate.

      • I’m a black woman, and find this “Black Lives Matter” so stupid. The guy was resisting arrest and had a gun in his pocket. The cops are protecting everyone from these kind of criminals. The movement is pointless causing riot and chaos everywhere. Most ppl just probably got influenced through social media and have no knowledge about anything. Just creating chaos! Let’s focus on something relevant.

  6. One man shoots 9 black people in a church. Get’s taken to Burger King. Another man doesn’t shoot anyone, gets shot in the chest from a foot away…. but there’s no difference in how people are treated. I guess the white murderer was polite.

    • You call him a slob why? Reports show he had a criminal history, yes but was trying to better his life the best HE could. Selling cd’s may not be to your standards but unfortunately, because of his criminal past it is very difficult to get a regular job. It’s called Survival for some with little means.

  7. A lot of people teach their children that the words stupid and shut up are bad words. I tell mine that if more stupid people would shut up the world would be a better place.

  8. As I understand it the police had not themselves witnessed this man doing anything wrong and therefore had no right to place him under arrest without first conducting an investigation. I don’t see how a false arrest can become a justification for the use of deadly force. If officers behave this way in Baron Rouge it is not surprising that law and order is breaking down.

    • They have the right to detain and subdue a person who may be armed for their own protection though. In order to “investigate” whether or not a person of interest is in fact the suspect they are seeking in a case where the call came in “man with a gun” you’d be a complete idiot not to attempt to pat the person down prior to questioning the subject who matches the description. Mr. Sterling never once complied with officer demands. That’s not justification for what ultimately transpired, but certainly was a contributing factor!

  9. The fact is that people who focus on the police being the problem don’t have their eyes on the ball. Police are only doing as they are trained. Let me repeat that. Police are only doing as they are trained. Minorities should be angry with us white ordinary citizens that vote for idiot politicians whose only answer for crime is to imprison more minorities through govt legislation with long sentences for lesser crimes.

    So to be blunt, us white people have become lazy in looking out for others. We are the only ones than can change crime in America. But getting lazy people to act is next to impossible. That is why this crap continues over and over.

  10. Nothing’s gonna change unless both sides own up to their part. Cops need better reaction training. Black community needs to stop defending their criminal relatives.

  11. The unintelligible comments from the video is “. . . swear to God. . . . . .Eff, he’s going for the gun!!!” (Shots fired) It’s easy to hear with a good set of headphones.

  12. I’m think police acted properly video looks bad but if he had a gun he’s a threat , he’s also a criminal and a paedophile, so he can’t be the nice person there saying he is, live by the gun die by the gun if he wasn’t carrying one he’d still be alive

  13. majority of blacks are in gangs go out robbing stealing and killing , that’s fact not racism all there turf wars gangster songs , and then when a criminal also a paedophile carrying a gun is killed all hell breaks loose , why is he carrying a gun ???? If he was a big friendly guy he wouldn’t be carrying a lethal weapon, police r paid to do there job , any threat they have to act first , they are protecting us , no gun he wouldn’t be dead , stop playing the race card if it was a white man they would have done the same, but yet again it’s a black man

  14. Why don’t black men listen when the police tell you to do something…why not just do what the cop says???. .that’s why my ass ain’t gonna get shot by the police. When they say put your hands up…guess what I’m doing…you ain’t got to be real smart not to get shot by police…just do what the hell they say.. when they say to do it..pretty simple

  15. So, a convicted felon, who’s mugging homeless men at gunpoint (that’s the reason police were called in the first place) resists police the entire time the arrive, then after he’s finally tackled, and told to stay still…. keeps resisting and reaching for his gun (the taser had already failed to bring this fat guy down) so they should just let him get a weapon out of his pocket and see what happens? Sounds smart, and unlikely in the heat of the moment when you’re scared for your own life.

    I think these are opinions from misinformed people who have no idea how difficult and dangerous it is to be a police officer. No cop goes around wanting to shoot people on the job, especially with all the media attention and all the racial tension (real or manufactured by the media) surrounding these events.

    And shame on anyone yelling about anything racist in this incident. The morons will never understand that if he simply complied and didn’t resist or attack the responding officers, then we wouldn’t be having this discussion…..well, we would, but it would just be about some other thug who thought they could fight against the cops with no repercussions.

    Isn’t the procedure for dealing with dangerous suspects to do what’s necessary to subdue anyone who’s a threat to himself or others They tried multiple times to use non lethal means which failed, but he still wouldn’t stop fighting (this sounds familiar)

  16. He didn’t comply because he knew he was illegally carrying a gun, and he knew that as a convicted Felon, he wasn’t even allowed to own a gun.

    Hmm… looks like a felon ignored gun laws. Who would have ever imagined that?

  17. Hmm, convicted felon with multiple violent arrests, selling illegal CDs with a weapon on him…. But from what family said “despite all that he was a good guy” – Jesus despite being a sadistic evil lunatic hitler could have been a good guy to, maybe just misunderstood?? Amazing how just about all of these stories fizzle out after the bs media slows down their fanning of the fire. Hey Hillary, your tactics ain’t working. Thank god Beyoncé came out in support of this, whew I was worried she didn’t care or how she felt about this (moron).

  18. Your all F’n idiots and are to cowardly to ever protect and serve… News flash you morons.. 99% of police shootings involve suspects either actively or threatened assaults against the LEO’s… I’m so glad I’m done protecting a society that’s either to cowardly or to ignorant to protect itself or those unable to defend itself from the evils that lurk and terrorize your community!!!🖕🏿

  19. This guy raped a 14 year girl …where’s HER justice???…oh yeah Karma got it for her….Maybe Alton Sterling would be alive if he didn’t raped and impregnate minors and carry a gun harassing people with it. Another guy killed for being a criminal and or an idiot. If you’re ANY color and you don’t want to die by police, don’t do stupid s#!t, End of story

  20. I think he was a good guy and the cops shouldnt have killed them, they should have just arrested him even though he was gonna kill them the cops should have just said “hey dude, lets just be friends and i got this really good locker full of drugs, we should try all of them at once!”.