New Footage Emerges of Alton Sterling Being Killed by Baton Rouge Police (*Warning Graphic*)
Footage shows Alton Sterling being repeatedly shot by police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II after he was pinned to the ground.
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — New cellphone video shows Alton Sterling was not holding a gun in his hand when police shot and killed him.
On Tuesday night, a 911 caller said a man at the store was threatening patrons with a gun. Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake responded to the call from the Triple S Food Mart and encountered Sterling in the parking lot. Store owner Abduallah Muflahi told The Daily Beast that Sterling was not the person who was causing trouble and was a welcome presence at the store for years where he sold CDs from the parking lot.
Yet after tackling Sterling and bringing him to the ground, one of the officers yelled, “He’s got a gun!”
The new video, provided by Muflahi, does not appear to support the claim that Sterling’s supposed gun represented an active threat to the officers. Instead, it shows Sterling being repeatedly shot after he was pinned on the ground.
The Daily Beast is publishing this video in its entirety—despite its graphic nature—because it shows what happened before, during, and after the controversial killing of Sterling. A previous video only showed him being tackled and the first of at least four gunshots.