Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Another Black Man Down

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) A shared widely on social media, quickly sparked local protests and drew national attention. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police say they came to the scene early Tuesday after an anonymous 911 caller reported a man threatening him with a gun. Accounts of what happened next depend on whom you ask.Sterling is dead. Authorities are investigating. And the president of the NAACP’s local branch is calling for the city’s police chief and mayor to resign.

The U.S. attorney’s office in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police will lead the investigation into the shooting, Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said. Edmond Jordan, an attorney representing Sterling’s family, said the video of the shooting raises troubling questions.

“I think that the city is going to have to give us some good answers,” Jordan, who is also a Louisiana state legislator, told CNN. “And I don’t know if they’ll be able to.” Sterling’s family, he said, has seen the video of the shooting.

The camera then pans up to two officers confronting a man in a red shirt. The man is Sterling, according to his family’s attorney.An officer pulls him over the hood of a silver car and pins him to the ground. Once he’s down,the officer begins to assist a second officer in restraining Sterling. Seconds later, someone shouts, “He’s got a gun.” An officer can be seen drawing something from his waist and pointing it at the man on the ground.

More yelling follows, though it’s hard to make out what’s being said. Then there are two more bangs. The witnesses inside the car shout and swear. Three more bangs go off. A woman in the car starts crying.