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Internet explodes in anger after black man is shot by Baton Rouge police

Local leaders are expected to speak Wednesday morning.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Jul 6, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 12:17 pm CDT

Warning: This article links to a graphic, potentially triggering video.

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.

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Louisiana state representative C. Denise Marcelle said, via WAFB, that both officers’ body cameras fell off during the struggle and did not capture their points of view.

With a slew of police officer shootings involving black men already in the nation’s conscious, a number of Twitter users showed their—and other people’s—frustrations after the cell phone video was released.

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According to the Advocate, local leaders and Sterling’s family will speak at City Hall on Wednesday morning. The Baton Rouge police department also said Chief Carl Dabadie Jr., would be available for interviews Wednesday morning.

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*First Published: Jul 6, 2016, 12:26 am CDT