The video doesn’t lie: Force was used by the police in excess
BATON ROUGE – The death of Alton Sterling has been captured on at least two graphic videos. A black man shot by two Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers, he was pinned to the ground by the cops as he was hit in the chest by a bullet. It’s disturbing to watch such a graphic video. But what’s disturbing is the behavior of the cops. They appear to have him pinned down, but they shot him anyway.
The cops appear to have taken something out of his pocket, which some claim was a gun. But we don’t know that yet. And even if it was a gun, does that justify shooting him in the chest? Is there a reason they didn’t use a stun gun? It’s true that doesn’t always stop a criminal. But in this case, where the guy was on the ground already, it certainly could have saved a life.
Sterling is already on the ground, on his back. One officer is kneeling to Sterling’s left. The other officer appears to be straddling Sterling’s legs. Sterling can be seen from the chest up and his lower legs are also visible. His left arms and hands are not visible; his right arm is by his side.After gunshots are heard, the camera pans to the right then back to Sterling, who has a large blood stain on his chest. The officer who was on his legs now lies on the pavement above Sterling’s head, his gun pointed.
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