Protests erupted overnight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after two police officers fatally shot Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old unarmed Black man in the early morning of July 6. Video surfaced of the two white officers pinning Sterling down and firing multiple shots, which led to an overnight gathering of hundreds of protestors, according to The Times-Picayune.
The officers were responding to "a disturbance call from a complainant who stated that a Black male who was selling music cd’s and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun," according to a statement from the office of police chief Carl Dabadie. His office did not respond to Revelist's request for comment.
The officers shot and killed Sterling after pinning him to the ground around 12:35 am at Baton Rouge's Triple S Food Mart, located on North Foster Drive, according to the police chief's statement.
Seventeen cops have been killed so far in 2016. Cops have killed 558 citizens in 2016, and it's only July.
Alton Sterling is the latest name on the list.