wow!!!! Dawg the police be tweaking to catch a body bruh smh !! pic.twitter.com/vUIyHkkkYQ
— DJ Chris Major (@DJCHRISMAJOR) July 6, 2016
Recent Twitter video shows Baton Rouge police brutalizing, tackling, and then shooting a 37-year-old Black CD salesman during an arrest Tuesday morning outside a convenience store.
According to The Advocate, the CD salesman has been identified as Alton Sterling. At midnight Tuesday, Baton Rouge police responded to an anonymous tip claiming that Sterling was allegedly pointing a gun at someone in front of the Triple S Food Mart convenience store.
In the video obtained by Twitter user DJ Chris Major, two officers are wrestling with the Sterling in an attempt to make an arrest. They aggressively toss the man on the hood of a silver sedan and then flings the man to the pavement.
“He’s got a gun! Gun,” an officer can be heard yelling.
“You f—-g move, I swear to God,” says the same officer. Then there are multiple shots as the camera pans down.
Shop owner Abdullah Muflahi said that the officer claimed that Sterling was reaching for a gun but that was not the case.
“His hand was nowhere (near) his pocket,” Muflahi said.
After shooting Sterling, an officer reached into the CD salesman’s pocket and retrieved a handgun, the shop owner claims.
“[The officers] were really aggressive with him from the start,” Muflahi told The Advocate.
Sterling was pronounced dead when an East Baton Rouge EMS ambulance arrived at 12: 45 a.m.