SAY HIS NAME: #AltonSterling

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Alton Sterling

Life: June 14, 1979 – July 5, 2016 (Age: 37)

Leaves behind: 5 young children, Andricka Williams, mother of three youngest children

Location of Death: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Murderers: Baton Rouge Police Department Officers Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni

A Little About Alton:

Alton Sterling was a beloved father of 5. For years he was known as “CD Man” because he sold CDs to people in the community outside of convenience stores for many years.

On the night of July 5th, 2016, just after midnight, Officers Howie Lake and Blane Salamoni arrived at the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge. Officers were dispatched to the scene after an anonymous caller said a man was threatening him with a gun.

In less than two minutes, according to body cam footage as well as bystanders video, Alton Sterling was thrown up against the hood of a vehicle, shoved to the ground and after a brief wrestle with officers he was shot 6 times at close range while bystanders watched in horror. Alton Sterling was pronounced dead that night, just a few weeks after his 37th birthday.

No charges were filed against the officers and a wrongful death lawsuit from the family will be pending until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today we remember Alton Sterling. Yet another story where perhaps if things were handled differently, another man would still be alive and five children would not be fatherless due to police brutality. With his heavenly birthday approaching in the coming week, we #SayHisName and tell his story because #BlackLivesMatter

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