6 Jul 2016

White Cop Shoots a Black Father-of-5 to Death for Selling CDs

Alton Sterling, known as the "CD Man" was shot to death by police outside the Triple-S convenience store on North Foster Drive and Fairfields Avenue. 

The coroner confirmed the cause of death later on Tuesday after an autopsy was performed on Sterling's remain.

Police say they responded to an anonymous call around 12:30 a.m. about a man selling CDs who also had a gun on him. When police arrived, Sterling and officers got into an altercation. One officer shot and killed Sterling.

The store's owner Abdul Muflahi said he was just a few feet away when he watched the shooting happen. 

He said at first Sterling and the officers were arguing. Then he said he saw the officers wrestle with Sterling against a car, throw him to the ground, and tase him in order to subdue him and shot him four to six times.

In a brief video, an officer can be heard yelling "get on the ground," out of the view of the camera. As the camera pans up, an officer is seen charging at Sterling, grabbing him and tackling him into the hood of a car and then down to the pavement.

Another officer can then be seen kneeling on Sterling. After a few seconds one of the officers yells, "He's got a gun!" The officer seen in the video kneeling on Sterling draws his weapon and one of them says, "if you f*cking move, I swear to God!" Two shots can then be heard and the bystander drops the cell phone. Three more shots are then fired after a brief pause.

Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and back.

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