BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA — Alton Sterling, 37, was known throughout his neighborhood as the “CD guy,” and was reportedly generous giant to his family and friends, and a loving dad to his five children. On July 5 at 12:35 a.m., he died of multiple gunshot wounds at the hands of two police officers.
Video of the disturbing incident was taken by a bystander outside a convenience store where Alton Sterling was known to sell CDs. The police were responding to a disturbance call at that location from someone saying they were being threatened by a man with a gun. After initially attempting to taser Sterling, the two white cops took him to the ground and prepared to use deadly force.
Triple S Food Store owner Abduallah Muflahi was a friend of Sterling’s and watched his friend die. He reports Sterling was indeed armed with a gun after being mugged a while back, but had not threatened anyone. Muflahi has since provided new footage of the incident from a closer angle, which can be viewed in the video above.
Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake have been placed on administrative leave. Suspiciously, their body cams reportedly “fell off” during the scuffle with Alton Sterling. An investigation into the incident and their conduct is underway.