Sterling, 37, was fatally shot by police officers early Tuesday morning. Video of the incident surfaced on social media and quickly sparked outrage. Jordan thanked God for tech giants Google, Microsoft and Apple for the technology that made it possible for video of the shooting to spread during the family’s press conference Wednesday morning.
Here’s what we know about Jordan and what he has said about the case.
1. Jordan Wants Security Footage From the Convenience Store Sterling was Shot in Front of Released
Sterling was shot in front of a Triple S convenience store owned by Abdullah Muflahi. According to Jordan, police took the surveillance footage from the store without presenting Muflahi with a search warrant. Muflahi is certain that the entire incident is on the tapes. Jordan called for the footage to be released to the public.
“There are no criminal charges pending against anyone, as far as we know,” Jordan said. “Certainly because of the tragic and unfortunate situation with Mr. Sterling, no criminal charges could be filed against him. So why are they holding on to this video?”
Jordan went on to ask that there be an independent investigation. The New York Times confirmed that the Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting.
2. Jordan Believes That Sterling Wasn’t Reaching for a Weapon
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In the initial video that was posted on social media, an officer is heard yelling, “He’s got a gun!” Muflahi told The Advocate that he did not see Sterling reaching for or holding a weapon, although Muflahi said police pulled a gun from Sterling’s pocket. Police haven’t confirmed this story.
Jordan said during the press conference that the video shows Sterling wasn’t reaching for a gun.
“If you look at the video, it certainly speaks for itself,” Jordan said, notes the Washington Post. “Mr. Sterling was not reaching for a weapon. He looks like a man who is trying to get his head up, who is actually fighting for his life. A life that ended immediately thereafter, almost as if he knew what was about to happen.”
“I think that the city is going to have to give us some good answers,” Jordan told CNN. “And I don’t know if they’ll be able to.”
He also said that the family saw the video that went viral.
3. The Police Officers Were Blane Salamoni & Howie Lake II
The police officers involved in the incident were identified as Baton Rogue Police Officers Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni. Lake is a three-year veteran who was placed on administrative leave in 2014 after shooting a suspect. Salamoni is a four-year veteran.
Both officers were placed on administrative leave, the Baton Rogue Police Department said in a statement.
According to ABC News, the officers did have police body cameras, but they fell off during the incident, officials said. They did keep recording video though.
4. Jordan Was an insurance Agent & Graduated from Southern University
According to his personal web site, Jordan is a graduate of Southern University and has been an attorney for 18 years. He’s also worked as an insurance agent as co-owner of Cypress Insurance Agency Inc. and director at Essential Federal Credit Union and CareSouth Medical & Dental. The Brusly, Louisiana native is the father of two children.
Just before the run-off election in May that ended with Jordan winning a seat in the state House, Jordan’s son Jailen was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, WBRZ reported. Jordan was taken to jail and held on $40,000 bond, but another judge later released him and waived even the bond fee. There were allegations that someone called a judge, but Jordan told the station that he didn’t make any calls that night.
“Obviously it’s a difficulty time for my son and my family, and all of us. As my wife and I along with my son go thru this time, we ask the public for their prayers and their support,” Jordan told WRBZ.
5. Jordan Was Elected to the Louisiana House in May 2016
Jordan was elected to represent District 29 in May following a run-off election. Jordan told BRProud that one of his goals was to unify the district.
“We want to unify the district, I have always said it is two parishes, west Baton Rouge and north Baton Rouge but it is only one district. I want to be available to everyone and accessible,” Jordan said.
Joddan is a member of the Capital Region Legislative Delegation, the Democratic Caucus and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus in the state House.