Thousands Take to Streets to Demand Arrest of BR Police
A 37-year-old Baton Rouge man, Alton Sterling, was shot to death early on the morning of Tuesday, July 5, by Baton Rouge police officers responding to a “man with a gun” call from 911 on North Foster Drive at Fairfields.
Two videos of the shooting surfaced online almost immediately. They raised doubts about whether the police officers were justified in the shooting. Defenders of the police say other video exists that will exonerate the officers.
The case drew public attention almost immediately, and protests began at Triple S convenience store where the shooting occurred. Demonstrations began in major cities across the nation.
At the request of Gov. Edwards, the U.S. Department of Justice took over the investigation. DA Hillar Moore recused himself, leaving the state Attorney General in charge of prosecuting any state charges.
Protests have been largely peaceful. On Monday, a plot was uncovered to kill local police, but it was foiled.