Baton Rouge. — Hundreds will gather on World Human Rights Day December 10, 2016 to commemorate fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two Baton Rouge Police
The Quest for Justice will be led by Sterlings Family including his Aunt Sandra Sterling, Activist Leader Gregg L Greer, Freedom Fist International, and the others groups and leadership including CERAC a organization within the United Nations.The gathering will be prompted by one important message. “Show the world that you can-stand up for Justice with Alton Sterling,”
The event will take place at 2112 North Foster Drive, in the parking lot of Triple S Food Mart, were Sterling was detained there by Baton Rouge Police Department officers. After an anonymous caller reported that a man believed to be Sterling was threatening him and waving a handgun while in the process of selling CDs. The officers tased Sterling, then forced the heavy-set man to the hood of a sedan and then to the ground. Sterling was pinned to the ground by both officers, one kneeling on his chest and the other on his thigh, both attempting to control his arms.
One officer exclaimed, “He’s got a gun! Gun!” One of the officers yelled, “If you fucking move, I swear to God!” Then Salamoni was heard on the video saying, “Lake, he’s going for the gun!” One of the officers aimed his gun at Sterling’s body, then three gunshots were heard. The camera panned away just before the camera panned back and three more gunshots were heard. The police officer sitting on Sterling’s chest was not in the picture and the other officer who drew the gun, was about 3 feet (0.91 m) away. His gun was pointed on Sterling, who had a gunshot wound in his chest. According to witness Abdullah Muflahi, the officers then retrieved a firearm from Sterling’s pocket. The officers then radioed for Emergency Medical Services.
According to Parish Coroner William Clark of East Baton Rouge, a preliminary autopsy on July 5, indicated that Sterling had died from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and back.Multiple bystanders’ cell phones captured videos of the shooting as well as store surveillance cameras and officer body cameras.
I don’t think anybody is suffering like me. I’m sitting here at the store wishing I could just say hey to Alton. It’s lonely out here to. Wishing I could get a CD to cheer me up. I see ppl come and go and everybody so far has looked over at the spot where he once sat. His chair is even still sitting on top of the table. Tears falling from my eyes is the only reason I can’t see clearly. I love you phat Boy and I miss you even more. I wish I could tell you that but you are no longer here. I ate an extra piece of cake in your remembrance..lol..that boy loved him some cake….well once again, the scene is empty but only because you’re not here. RIP my baby..I love you like a phat girl love cake….Organizer, Gregg L.Greer said, “On the Afternoon of December 10, 2016 there will be more than demonstration in Baton Rouge shouted “no justice, no peace,” We will continue to ignite and set off , an international dialog-Our goal is to remove any blockage standing in resistance to protest Sterling’s death. “The whole thing is not just about Alton … it’s about justice in all of our community nationally and internally.” I call it final justice, because we the people are tired now. After Tamir Rice, after John Crawford, after Eric Garner, we are tired now, and the only alternative must be for change. So we stand with Sandra and the Sterling Family because final justice means the killings of young black men and women has to end.” Nomore!
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WHAT: Vigil on World Human Rights Day to memorialize Alton Sterling called the “Quest for Justice.” December 10, 2016
WHERE: 2112 North Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
WHO: Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others
WHY: Much needed public effort to combat violence / police violence/ gun violence
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights Organizers in Opposition of those who commit community violence-Request continued fight for Alton
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy Reform against Police Violence
Divided America: Please don’t compare the murder of Alton Sterling and others to the Police shootings in Dallas
As the headlines rage giving details to the recent Dallas Police shootings:
At least five police officers have been shot dead in the United States at protests over recent police killings of black men.’
Gunfire broke out late on this Thursday during an otherwise peaceful protest over two recent police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana . The sound of gunfire sent marchers running and police scrambling for cover.
The Dallas Police Department said on Twitter : “It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died.”
I for one pray that not one more person looses life, because the wicked act is no way an accepted course of action to remedy what many believe is huge governing failure on all parts of our society. This country (USA) has the highest incarceration rate in the world for blacks, and that’s failure.”
Not much time has been given to solving one of this country’s most diabolical challenges—the persistence of homicide in poor African-American communities “that’s a failure”.. The numbers are staggering. From 1980 to 2013, 262,000 black males were killed in America-“that’s a failure.” By contrast, roughly 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam “that’s a failure. For many years the killers of these men were, in the vast majority of cases, other African-American men.
I must say I disagree with the President this time-because I don’t believe that we should balance our remarks in this time by saying “Blue Lives Matter, or All Lives Matter”-this to me is an insult that supports a strategic cover up on some folks part-to dilute the issue. The issue is that it’s time to speak to the heart of the matter and address the change that is necessary to prevent more lives from being lost.
I was immediately disturbed when watching CNN coverage of the Dallas shootings, Anchor Brian Williams kept comparing the shootout in Dallas to the murders of young Black and Latino male attacks around the country and the world. This has to change, period
Justice can no longer be unbalanced and accepted because we will all lose, and no one wins this time. We all loose through blood sweat, and more tears.
Peace and Love,
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!
More details to come…
Love, and Peace-Pastor Gregg L Greer