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The fatal shooting Tuesday of a 37-year-old black man by Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers enraged many online Tuesday night when an apparent cell phone video of the shooting made its way to the internet.
As the Baton Rouge Advocate reported, Alton Sterling was involved in an incident with police early Tuesday morning outside of a convenience store, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark said early results from the autopsy showed Sterling suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and back.
But when a 39-second cell phone clip was released late Tuesday night, much of the internet exploded in anger.
Particularly since the video shows two police officers tackling a black man, and after struggling with him on the ground, one officer pulled his gun. After much yelling—according to the newspaper, one officer yelled, “He’s got a gun! Gun,” and “You fucking move, I swear to God”—apparent shots were fired just as the cell phone pulled away from the struggle.
The paper reported that an ambulance arrived at the scene at 12:46am CT, and the patient was already dead.