Sadly, news broke today that two Baton Rouge officers will not be charged in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, according to The New York Times. Sterling was shot and killed on July 5, 2016 after police were called to a convenient store to investigate reports that a Black man in a red shirt threatened customers. Once the officers arrived, a confrontation ensued and Sterling was fatally shot. He was 37 years old.
Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, the men responsible for his death, once again proves the system refuses to convict cops for shooting Black men and boys. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said on Tuesday morning, the cops acted in a “reasonable and justifiable manner.”
People are rightfully outraged, including Alton Sterling’s aunt, Veda Washington-Abusaleh. She said outside of the courthouse, “He was murdered by two white racist police officers. He was murdered like an animal…And the [Louisiana Attorney General] said they didn’t see the police officers do anything wrong. I told them to ‘kiss my ass!'” Watch below:
The decision, although expected, is a serious blow after the killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an unarmed man who was fatally gunned down by police in Sacramento, California.
Rest in power, Alton Sterling.
Celebrities React To The Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling By Police
1. The world is outraged after a video surfaced on Tuesday night of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officer shooting and killing an unarmed Black man who was selling CDs outside of a Food Mart. Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and back and died immediately.Source: 1 of 19
2. Zendaya was one of the first celebs to react on social media.
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How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose?— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 6, 2016
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling
3. Diggy Simmons shared his feelings on Twitter.Source: 3 of 19
4. Wiz Khalifa has a message for the people.Source: 4 of 19
5. NBA star John Wall simply tweeted Sterling’s name.Source: 5 of 19
6. D.L Hughley spoke out on cops wearing body cams.Source: 6 of 19
7. Justin Timberlake pleaded for the killings to stop
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HAS. TO. STOP. Devastating. https://t.co/C9Q0YePRMr— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 6, 2016
8. He continued.Source: 8 of 19
9. Iggy Azalea tweeted for justiceSource: 9 of 19
10. Nick Jonas shared his thoughts
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This is so disturbing and wrong. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of #AltonSterling— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) July 6, 2016
11. Activist Deray Mckesson shared his disbelief.
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#AltonSterling could've been me, or you, or my uncle, or my father. & they killed him so easily. It was just so easy for them to kill him.— deray (@deray) July 6, 2016
12. Samira Wiley wants the media to “Say His Name.”
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#AltonSterling. Say his name.— Samira Wiley (@samirawiley) July 6, 2016
13. Karrueche shared her condolences.
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Love and prayers to Baton Rouge #AltonSterling— Karrueche Tran (@karrueche) July 6, 2016
14. Amy Schumer sent her love.Source: 14 of 19
15. NBA star Jeremy Lin expressed his frustration.Source: 15 of 19
16. Angie Martinez expressed her shock.
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Watching a murder on twitter is not ok man. Heartbreaking. And Infuriating. God help us all. #AltonSterling— Angie Martinez (@angiemartinez) July 6, 2016
17. Bernie Sanders suggests a solutionSource: 17 of 19
18. Tyler James Williams shared his thoughts
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And yet again....like clock work.... #AltonSterling— Tyler James Williams (@TylerJamesWill) July 6, 2016