A startling new video showing that Alton Sterling, 37, was not holding a firearm when cops shot and killed him has been released (video below).
The death of Sterling, an African American man, at the hands of two white police officers has sparked outcry and protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The NAACP and some members of Congress have called for a federal investigation into the matter.
On the night of July 5, an anonymous tip to 911 said an armed man at a store was threatening customers at the Triple S Food Mart. Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake responded to the call and confronted Sterling in the parking lot.
The store’s owner told The Daily Beast that Sterling was falsely targeted and regularly sold CDs from the parking lot without incident.
Salamoni and Lake tackled Sterling to the ground and one of the officers hollered, “He’s got a gun!”
The officers proceeded to shoot Sterling at least four times in the chest.
“F---!” one of the cops screams after the victim was shot in the chest. At this point, Sterling is still moving and waves his right arm as the police take his gun.
The footage, which is recorded on a smartphone and was first posted on June 6 to The Daily Beast website, showed one of the officers grabbing an object — which may or may not have been a gun — from the right pants pocket of Sterling, who was lying in a pool of his own blood.
By the time emergency response arrived, Sterling was already dead.
The video was provided by Triple S Food Mart owner Abduallah Muflahti and proves that Sterling was not pulling a weapon when cops killed him.
According to dispatch tapes, shortly after the incident, the officers said “Shots fired, shots fired! Both officers OK. Suspect down. I need EMS Code 3 (ASAP),” the New York Daily News reports.
Authorities told reporters during a press conference they would not confirm or deny a weapon was retrieved from Sterling.
Salamoni and Lake have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. “The officers feel they were completely justified,” said District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III.
WARNING: Graphic footage below.