Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police say he was reaching for a gun while they were trying to arrest him. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“Graphic footage of Alton Sterling’s death in Louisiana shocked observers as it spread across social media, with people from all walks of life expressing rage and disgust.
The 37-year-old was shot dead by Baton Rouge Police outside a convenience store early Tuesday, with video from a witness showing police tackling him to the ground before gunshots are heard.
One of the officers in the clip shouts “gun” before the shots, though store owner Abdullah Mulfahi told the Daily News that Sterling’s hand was not near his gun and the weapon later recovered from his pocket was not visible.
Sterling’s cousin Sharida Sterling told The Advocate that the man she considered a brother “would have never fought the police, he wouldn’t have pulled a gun, he would have been too scared.”