Sterling, 37, was a father of five children, his sister Mignon Chambers told WAFB.Few details were known early Wednesday about Sterling’s life, and some circumstances of his death remained unclear. An anonymous 911 caller and an officer in the video said Sterling was carrying a gun and threatened someone before he was killed outside the Triple S Food Mart.
However, store owner Abdullah Muflahi told CNN that he never saw Sterling get into a confrontation, Tuesday night or otherwise.
According Journalist Sean King: We’ve seen a lot of police brutality these past few years, but seeing the police first tackle and manhandle Alton Sterling, mount him like a UFC fighter, then pull their guns out and shoot him repeatedly at point-blank range, killing him right there in front of his local convenience store where he was known as the “CD Man,” was equal parts devastating, infuriating, heartbreaking, maddening and overwhelming.
It’s sad that another family has to experience a murder of their loved one, and once again the reaction from police results in murder. Where are the body cameras, why did it take a shooting when Alton was ready tased? Just the same as in my son Tamir’s Rice case-we are still fighting for justice from the Federal Government, this is the ultimate tragedy. Why should we have to fight for human life? Period!
Samaria Rice, Mother of Tamir Rice
I have seen the video, and as a Civil Rights Leader-I have concerns, to the extent that I will assist the family in their fight. Freedom and human life must be first. Our lives must begin to matter. Up until this point I’m not sure young black lives have mattered!
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Love, and Peace-Pastor Gregg L Greer