Chief says that Alton Sterlings was armed

 

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Alton Bertell Sterlings

Baton Rouge, Louisiana — On July 5, Baton Rouge police responded to the Triple Food Mart, located at 2112 North Foster Drive.

Police were dispatched after a homeless man called 911 and stated that a black man wearing a red shirt had pointed a gun at him.

According to eyewitnesses, Alton Sterlings, 37, was selling music CD’s in the parking lot of the store when the homeless man approached him and asked for money.

Witnesses stated that sterling then pulled out a gun, pointed it at the homeless man, and stated, “I told you to leave me alone.”

Because he was no stranger to law enforcement, when police arrived, they quickly recognized Sterlings.

Shortly after police arrived, an altercation between Sterlings and the officers ensued.  This altercation was recorded by body cameras, but not by the individual who turned on their cell phone after the altercation had already began.

The body cameras were dislodged during the scuffle, but continued recording.

Authorities stated that the body cam videos will be made available when all appropriate parties have had a chance to review them.

During the scuffle, one of the police officers yells, “he’s got a gun.”

In the cell phone video that was released, one of the officers is seen pulling something from Sterlings’ pocket. It was later confirmed that Sterlings was armed and that, it was a gun that police removed from his pocket.

Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie, Jr., said, “Sterlings was armed with a gun.”

Sterlings was shot during the altercation and died at the scene.

Sterlings, who was on probation at the time of his death, was a sex offender. He was convicted in 2000 of Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. This mean that he knowingly had sex, anal sex, or oral sex with a person under the age of 18. Court documents show that, in April of 2000, a 14-year-old reported to her mother that she had missed her period. The mother then took her daughter to a doctor who confirmed that the juvenile was pregnant.

According to reports, Sterlings had been having sex with the 14-year-old for seven months.

Sterlings’ arrest record also includes:

  • 9/09/96 – Aggravated battery
  •  10/31/97 – 2nd degree battery
  •  1/06/98 – Simple battery
  •  5/04/00 – Public intimidation
  •  9/20/00 – Carnal knowledge of a juvenile
  •  9/04/01 – Domestic violence
  •  5/24/05 – Burglary of an inhabited dwelling place
  •  7/11/05 – Receiving stolen things
  •  9/12/05 – Burglary of inhabited dwelling place
  •  3/17/06 – Simple criminal damage to property, simple robbery, simple theft, drug possession, misrepresentation during booking, simple battery, aggravated battery
  •  4/12/06 – Aggravated battery, simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace, unauthorized entry
  •  4/04/08 – Domestic abuse battery
  •  6/03/09 – Resisting an officer, drug possession, receiving stolen things, possession of stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon with CDs, sound reproduction without consent
  •  10/12/09 – Illegal carrying of weapon, marijuana possession
  •  8/13/15 – Failure to register as a sex offender
  •  4/08/16 – Failure to register as a sex offender
  •  6/14/16 – Ecstasy and marijuana possession

Sterlings’ family said, “He was on probation and would not have had a gun.”

Media frenzy

When the amateur cell phone video of the Sterlings shooting “hit” social media, the liberal media and the Obama administration quickly grabbed a hold of the story and made wild, careless accusations. Those accusations ultimately created unnecessary tension between law enforcement agencies and the public.

Officials said that, while they do recognize that there are some “bad apples” in some law enforcement agencies, the public should not chastise all police officers before all the facts in a particular case are known.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said that he has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the investigation.

In a press release, the governor said, “We’re not abdicating anything. we’re making the best decisions to make sure that the situation remains under control here in Baton Rouge and that we don’t experience any more upheaval … in our communities here in Baton Rouge and around Louisiana.”

Gov. Edwards said, “One of the crucial next steps will be to determine what happened before the confrontation ensued Tuesday.”

The governor does not want anyone, in any community, to jump to conclusions based on a video that was recorded midway through the incident.

The two BRPD officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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  • larry1952

    “When the amateur cell phone video of the Sterlings shooting “hit” social
    media, the liberal media and the Obama administration quickly grabbed a
    hold of the story and made wild, careless accusations. Those
    accusations ultimately created unnecessary tension between law
    enforcement agencies and the public.”

    That paragraph should not be in a news story. That is blatant attempt to proselytize the writer’s opinion and belongs in the editorial section. Shame on you, Ocala Post. Your journalists political opinions are not newsworthy. Your obvious bias is cringe worthy.

    • Glenn 1964

      Pretty sure that’s exactly what the liberal fucktards did. Clearly.

      • codyfromtexas

        I agree, the liberal media turned this into something it was not. Especially CNN and the NY Times. Complete trash. OP at least got t the story straight

        • larry1952

          Oh yeah, what a crock. They said what you wanted to hear so , of course they must be right and everybody else must be wrong. You radical morons are so predictable.

      • larry1952

        Your comment proves that you have less intelligence than an orangutan. “I have nothing coherent to add to the discussion so I will just call everyone stupid, pubescent names.” You are not a very good spokesperson for your cause.

    • urchittingme

      Typical liberal…Can’t stand hearing the truth. How’s that cool aid taste?

      • larry1952

        Unbelieveable! Another idiot who has nothing but stupid little Republican pat sayings to quote. I have seen those exact words printed over and over. At least get some new original insulting material to spout. Since when is the truth defined as “what the right wing radicals want to hear”? You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you on the butt and held on.

  • harry

    why did the officer blitz the dude? he was not in a aggressive stance.

  • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

    Here’s a concept…obey the law, and when in contact with the police don’t start a fight and reach for your gun that you should not have in the first place… Following this simple concept you will live a long and happy life….

    • Ms Betty

      He didn’t reach for it! Re-read the article, ” one of the officers is seen pulling something from Sterlings’ pocket. It was later confirmed that Sterlings was armed and that, it was a gun that police removed from his pocket.” Then they shot him. Murdering SOB’s

      • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

        I did read the article….I’m guessing you missed some of the key points..

        Lets start here since you are bent on defending the criminal……

        “Witnesses stated that sterling then pulled out a gun, pointed it at the
        homeless man, and stated, “I told you to leave me alone.”

        AND…
        Shortly after police arrived, an altercation between Sterlings and the officers ensued.

        You are assuming he didn’t reach for it, and he had already used the gun to intimidate and threaten another person…..and why did he not comply with the officers commands? Also…As a convicted felon on probation why did he have a gun? Tell me what part of the law was he following where he was not a threat to the police…He brought this on himself it’s no-ones fault but his own….

        • Ms Betty

          “Witnesses stated that sterling then pulled out a gun, pointed it at the
          homeless man, and stated, “I told you to leave me alone.” so obviously this homeless man was a threat to Sterling since was previously told to leave him alone and the homeless man disregarded his warnings. Sterling didn’t shoot the man, did he? No, just showing his protection was enough for the homeless man to leave.
          AND…
          Shortly after police arrived, an altercation between Sterlings and the officers ensued. Watch the video fool, the cops started pushing him around and Sterling had no idea what was going on. What had he done? No they wouldn’t answer questions, just wrestle him to the ground/ That’s your altercation.
          I guess you you’re one of these people who think cops are almighty and never wrong or you’re related to one.

        • larry1952

          Helen Keller could tell that this was an outright execution and your points are ridiculous. Of course an altercation between police and the dead man ensued. They picked a fight with him. No attempt to diffuse the situation. Jump in there with aggression so they have an excuse to kill the man. Poorly trained violent hotheads with a badge.

  • urchittingme

    He was a goot boy just turning his life around…The world is a better place without this piece of crap in it. Thank you OP for calling it what it is

    • larry1952

      Maybe the world feels the same about you?

  • Ms Betty

    The cops killed him now they have to blacken his name to make them feel better about it. True, these charges may be his but that night he was blatantly murdered by the police force!

  • Toby

    “can’t we all just get along” also the liberals seem to the ones always bashing the cops,but in their perfect world the cops, politians and criminals would be only ones allowed to have guns.

  • batonrougeproudbluefan

    Well done Ocala Post.
    Just wondering when it became legal to sell boot leg music CDs and boot leg movies. Just another law this law breaking criminal is guilty of. Kharma!

  • Ron

    these posts are a good example of arm chair quarterbacks, drawing conclusions on partial evidence and not letting authorities sort through this whole mess.. seriously, Do any of you think that these officers looked at each other at the beginning of their shift and said “let’s go kill someone”?? you’ve made your conclusions and thus whatever comes out of the investigation won’t be good enough for you.. thus, the sad state we are in