Jill Stein: Justice for Alton Sterling


The above image was posted on Jill Stein’s campaign website

From Green presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign website, July 6th, 2016:

Hearing of the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, our hearts are breaking once again with this latest apparent case of unprovoked police assault and murder. Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and on and on.

We need Police Review Boards so communities control their police, not the other way around.

Investigate all deaths at the hands of police. Demilitarize the police. Invest in jobs and education, not war and incarceration. Create a national truth and reconciliation commission to address the living legacy of slavery, which brings unconscionable racial disparities to virtually all dimensions of society – jobs, schools, housing, and health – with real life and death consequences.

It’s time to affirm, with both our words and actions, that Black Lives Matter.

ATPR: According to the Wikipedia article on the Alton Sterling shooting:

The shooting of Alton Sterling occurred on July 5, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling, a 37-year-old man, was shot by a Baton Rouge police officer several times after being pinned down to the ground by two other officers. Police were responding to a report that Sterling threatened a person with a gun while selling CDs outside a convenience store.

The shooting was recorded as a 48-second cell phone video by a bystander who was sitting in a car. The first 25 seconds of the recording show the confrontation and shooting at point-blank range. The final 23 seconds of the recording are sound only. A firearm, reportedly possessed by Sterling at the time of the incident, was recovered from Sterling’s right pocket after the shooting.[1]

The shooting led to protests in Baton Rouge.[2]

The rest of the Wikipedia article can be read here.

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