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Louisiana Police Shoot, Kill Alton Sterling (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reportedly shot and killed Alton Sterling, an African-American man, outside a local store on July 5 (video below).

The incident was caught on a bystander's cell phone video, but both body cameras worn by the two white officers fell off, according to Democratic State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle who spoke to Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr., reports WBRZ.

Police Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely said the body cams are still in the pilot phase and there is useful footage that has not been released. There is also police dashcam footage and store surveillance video that the cops have not released.

Sterling's past criminal record - which included carnal knowledge of a juvenile, possession of marijuana and illegal carrying of a weapon - was released, notes WBRZ.

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Police were reportedly responding to an anonymous caller who said that a man was selling CDs and had a gun on his person.

Abdul Muflahi, the owner of the store, said that he witnessed the incident which began with Sterling and the cops arguing, police using a Taser on Sterling, and the cops then shooting the "CD Man" four to six times.

In the cell phone video, an officer is seen lunging and taking Sterling down to the ground; a second officer appears to jump on top of Sterling as well.

One of the officers yells: "He's got a gun! Gun!"

The second officer tells Sterling, "You f------ move, I swear to God!" before the other one shoots Sterling, reports The Advocate.

Sterling, 37, was reportedly shot in the back and chest.

"I don't think it was handled correctly at all," Muflahi told WBRZ. "It could have been handled in a better situation than it did."

Muflahi recalled that Sterling carried a gun because a friend of Sterling's was robbed a few weeks ago. Muflahi said that he watched the cops take a gun out of Sterling's pants pocket after shooting him to death.

According to Muflahi, Sterling has been selling CDs outside the store for years.

On July 6, Dabadie identified the officers involved as Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, notes CNN, and said they had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI.

Authorities urged community demonstrators to be peaceful as they protest the shooting.

Sources: WBRZThe Advocate, CNN / Photo Credit: Unknown Original Source via YouTube

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