Alton Sterling, 37, father of five.
Shot six times outside a convenience store by Baton Rogue Police.
Shot six times, after being tazed and handcuffed, already laying on the ground.
His supposed offense: selling CDs and having a gun on him.
Louisiana is an open-carry state.
Alton was a vendor, so selling CDs shouldn’t have been an issue either.
The video of the shooting surfaced on Twitter late Tuesday evening.
I was horrified by what I saw.
Alton Sterling’s name has been added to the dreadful list.
The list of African Americans that have been shot dead by the people who claim to protect and serve.
I don’t hate police. But as the quote goes, Evil prevails when good men do nothing.
When good officers and departments don’t remove the bad officers.These situations will keep happening.
These officers in Baton Rogue, just like the ones in Baltimore, NY, Akron, Texas, were placed on administrative leave.
Yet I am not hopeful that they will get more punishment than that.
Eric Garner had video footage, so did Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and countless others.
All cases ended with acquittals or no charges even being filed.
Alton’s family appeared on MSNBC this morning. His eldest son broke down in tears, his wife, tried her best to not break down as well.
When will this end?
How many more names have to be added to the list, for people to wake up and realize that African Americans are in danger?
When we aren’t shooting each other over nonsense, cops are shooting us.
When will it stop?
As you go about your day, know that five kids are now without a father and a wife is without a husband.
Two police officers are on paid leave while Baton Rogue citizens take to the streets in protest.
Another family is ripped apart.
3 thoughts on “Alton Sterling: 1 of Many”
you are spot on … and ppl will talk about his sordid past (they will dig something up) and his resistance to or disobedience of the cops etc. none of that matters. what they did was totally uncalled for and unacceptable. ppl will say black ppl kill each other too. and ppl will say “all lives matter”. true and true. all of it needs to be addressed. one does not negate the other. no matter what, the cops were wrong wrong wrong. and the “good cops” are just as bad for allowing prejudices to continue because they don’t want to be seen as turning on their brothers in blue. it’s all wrong. and it hurts my heart.
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Thank you Jay train for your comment. It’s troubling to see this again. In a few weeks we’ll forget about Alton Sterling and resume with our normal lives, until it happens again. Until another name is added to the list. I don’t know what to do. We march, we pray, we demand accountability, yet this happens again and again. The heartbreak never seems to stop.
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