Louisiana Police killed Alton Sterling. This is the 558th police killing of civilians THIS YEAR. The convenience store clerk (Abdullah Muflahi) who witnessed the killing and reported to The Advocate:
Muflahi, who said he was two feet away from the altercation, said an officer yelled “gun” during the scuffle. An officer then fired four to six shots into Sterling’s chest, he said. “His hand was nowhere (near) his pocket,” Muflahi said, adding that Sterling wasn’t holding a weapon. After the shooting, an officer reached into Sterling’s pocket and retrieved a handgun, Muflahi said. “They were really aggressive with him from the start,” Muflahi said about the officers. Sterling appeared to die quickly, Muflahi said. Just after the killing, the officer who fired the bullets cursed, and both officers seemed like they were “freaking out,” Muflahi said. The store owner said he heard one of the officers say, “Just leave him.”
Its worth watching the video of the killing taken by bystanders. Let’s note that both of the officer’s body cameras “fell off” according to law enforcement and the first thing the cops did is seize the surveillance footage from the convenience store.
Thanks to the Guardian for The Counted, the web site which documents police killings in the US. Here is to peace and justice for the family. Here is to accountability and a hope for change.