By Zach Cartwright;Uncut News
A close-up, graphic video of the slaying of Alton Sterling has surfaced, igniting fresh calls for the two officers involved to be criminally charged.
The Daily Beast reported Wednesday evening that police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where 37-year-old Alton Sterling was killed early Tuesday morning, tried to seize the surveillance camera footage of the shooting taken from outside the Triple S Food Mart. However, Abdullah Muflahti, the store’s owner, refused to surrender the footage to police without a warrant, and said the Baton Rouge Police Department told him they didn’t want him to see the footage.
“I never received a warrant, but the video was taken anyway,” Muflahi told the Daily Beast.
The second video, which Muflahi shot from his phone, has already been shared thousands of times on social media.
The new video shows officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II on top of Alton Sterling, threatening him not to move. One of the officers is seen with his gun drawn and pointed directly at Sterling’s head, then the camera pans away when shots are fired. After the camera pans back to Sterling, he’s seen struggling to breathe with a massive gunshot wound in his chest. The officer is still pointing his gun at Sterling, while his partner grabs an unidentified object from Sterling’s pocket.
(WARNING: This video is incredibly graphic and disturbing)
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5:22 AM – 7 Jul 2016
A previous video shot by activist Arthur Reed, taken from a car roughly 50 feet from the shooting, also showed both officers on top of Sterling, firing on the subdued man at point-blank range. However, Muflahti’s video has a better angle and clearly shows that Sterling had no gun in his hand and presented no threat to either officers when the first shots were fired.
Both officers have been placed on paid leave as the US Department of Justice investigates the killing. No charges have yet been filed, and Baton Rouge’s police chief has refused calls to resign.
Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email: [email protected]