Alton Sterling became the latest victim of a police shooting, outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was known as “the CD Man” — selling music outside of the store where he was shot on Tuesday.
A graphic video of the attack began circulating on social media, sparking an uproar. An incident of what appeared to be police brutality has resulted in another life lost. With the Black Lives Matter movement rocking the country, another name must be added to the list of the deceased, and people are exasperated at this almost regular occurrence.
CNN reports that two police officers pinned Sterling down, and shot him while he was on the ground. The officers were wearing body cameras, which reportedly fell off during the struggle, and therefore were unable to capture the incident.
“Alton was a respected man. He was beloved in the community. He did not deserve the treatment and this excessive force that was exerted on him by the police department,” Sterling’s attorney told CNN.
Rashida Jones, along with a colossal amount of people on twitter, simply posted the words “Please. No More. This must stop.” accompanied by the trending #AltonSterling.
Pusha T took to instagram to promote “#AltonSterling” with the words “Another one…of us. Smh.”
With no control over the situation, there is very little solace for those who are mourning. For many who were shocked and angered by the news, posting on social media was their way of showing support and raising awareness.
However, once the awareness is raised and the news has circulated, what other actions can we take to make sure another hashtag isn’t on its way?
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