Baton Rouge police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old African-American man after a woman called 911 to complain about him selling CD’s alleging he threatened someone with a gun.
Roland Martin discusses the disturbing video recorded at the scene, via cell phone, that captured the final moments of Sterling’s life.
Listen to portions of the Sterling family’s news conference were a number of community leaders including state representatives, NAACP members, Edmond Jordan, Sterling family attorney, and Pastor Johnny Young, of Heavenly Hope Ministries in Baker spoke out about the murder of Alton. You will also hear from Quinyetta McMillon, the 31-year-old mother of one of Sterling’s children, Cameron Sterling who is 15-years-old.
To watch coverage of the Sterling family’s news conference visit TheAdvocate.com.
Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released a statement in response to the police shooting of Alton Sterling. Portions of Rep. Richmond’s statement reads as follows:
“The video footage released today of the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department was deeply troubling and has understandably evoked strong emotion and anger in our community,” said Rep. Richmond. “I share in this anger and join the community in the pursuit of justice. My prayers and thoughts are with Mr. Sterling’s family as they deal with this tragedy.”
“There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding Mr. Sterling’s death. Including questions about the initial calls for police presence, the level of force used by officers, the verbal and physical altercation, and the response of the officers after he was shot. I call on the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a full and transparent investigation into this incident. The cause of justice requires state and local law enforcement to join in this request as soon as possible.”
“I ask the leaders and citizens of Baton Rouge to join me in demonstrating our anger with dignity and demanding proper focus on our cause with perseverance. His family and the citizens of Baton Rouge–especially the citizens of North Baton Rouge–deserve answers and that is what we will seek in a fair, thorough, and transparent way.”
Listen to portions of the Baton Rouge Police Department press conference addressing the Sterling police shooting and Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. remarks about the incident.
Plus, Roland Martin takes your calls as the nation reacts to the murder of Alton Sterling.
All that and more in this special edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.