Dear MoveOn member,
News just broke that the FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division will lead an independent investigation into the murder of Alton Sterling—the 37-year-old Black father killed by Baton Rouge police officers.1
We have to keep up the pressure until these agencies hold the police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling accountable. Click here to sign and share the petition to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Alton Sterling was a 37-year-old Black father of five selling CDs outside of a local store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He did not deserve to die.
Yet here we are again. Another Black man slain by police. Another hashtag carrying the fury and pain of his community. And another family deep in mourning—in the same state that passed the "Blue Lives Matter" bill to silence protests against police violence.2
On Tuesday night, Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside a local store, as he always did, when police arrived on the scene. The police tasered him, held him down on the ground, and shot him in the chest and back. In the witness-recorded video, you can hear one of the officers shouting, "If you f---ing move, I swear to God!"3
These officers have no respect for Black lives and must be held accountable.
—Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org
1. "Alton Sterling Shooting by Baton Rouge Police Sparks Outrage, DOJ to Investigate," NBC News, July 6, 2016
2. "This law is why Louisiana cops who kill people can go 30 days without being questioned," Fusion, July 6, 2016
3. "Protests erupt in Baton Rouge after black man killed by police," Washington Examiner, July 6, 2016
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