Story By Brian Michael – Get Off The Bs – Wed. 07/06/2016
Alton Sterling, a 37-year old African American criminal and Black Lives Matter advocate – terrorist, was murdered by Baton Rouge Police Officer’s Blane Salamoni and his partner Howie Lake II, both officers allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine’s, early Tuesday morning outside the Triple S Food store on North Foster Drive, Baton Rouge Louisiana.
Sources within the Baton Rouge police informed Get Off the BS reporter Brian Michael that they received an anonymous phone call at 12:35am Tuesday morning from an alleged witness who claimed that Sterling had got in to an altercation with a Caucasian male wearing a Donald Trump campaign t-shirt.
Allegedly the altercation between Sterling and the unidentified man escalated in to some racial remarks promulgated by both Sterling and the man and ended with the man leaving the scene after Sterling brandished a semi-automatic pistol while allegedly yelling, I will pop a cap in your a** cracker……”
According to testimony provided by the store owner, Abdullah Muflahi and a video leaked to the press by an unknown source [most likely the Muflahi] the police arrived at the store where they found Sterling leaning against the store wall.
Police Officer Howie Lake yelled “get on the ground” twice to Sterling, which allegedly prompted some verbal resistance by Sterling. Seconds later Officer Salamoni shot Sterling with a stun gun and immediately tackled him to the ground.
“He just wanted to know what was going on. Why are they coming to arrest him?” Muflahi said. “He was asking them: ‘What’d I do wrong? What’s going on? What’d I do wrong? Why you messing with me?’”
It is not clear whether Sterling struggled as he was wrestled to the ground by Salamoni. Once Salamoni pinned Sterling to the ground while pulling Sterling’s arm behind his back in a very painful angle that some sadist police officers like to use on criminals to cause them excruciating pain, Lake pulled out his gun and fired one shot at point blank range in to Sterling’s back, most likely killing him instantly.
Less than a second after Lake shot Sterling, Salamoni evidently wanting to join in on the fun, fired three shots, also at point blank range, in to Sterling’s chest.
Sterling appeared to die quickly, Muflahi said. Just after the killing, the officer who fired the bullets cursed, and both officers seemed like they were “freaking out,” Muflahi said.
Muflahi described both Salamoni and Lake as “aggressive” and said Sterling was armed but was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident. Lake later retrieved a gun from the man’s pocket and positioned it on the side of Sterling’s dead body likely to create the impression that Sterling was brandishing his gun when he was murdered.
“His hand was nowhere (near) his pocket,” Muflahi said, adding that Sterling wasn’t holding a weapon. After the shooting, Lake reached into Sterling’s pocket and retrieved a handgun, Muflahi said.
Muflahi said he heard one of the officers [Lake] say, “Just leave him.”
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East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark said the initial results of an autopsy performed Tuesday show Sterling died due to a homicide and suffered multiple — meaning more than two — gunshot wounds to the chest and back.
A 48-second cellphone video captured by a bystander — which circulated at a protest about the shooting later in the day — shows an officer firing at least one round into a man’s chest outside what appears to be the Triple S store, followed by the sound of at least three more shots as the camera veers away.
In the video Salamoni is seen pulling Sterling’s left arm down while he pressed down on the Sterling’s chest. Sterling’s right arm is not visible in the video.
Salamoni is heard in the video yelling, “He’s got a gun! Gun,” prompting Lake to draw his gun from his holster.
“You f*****g move, I swear to God,” said Salamoni before Lake is seen in the video pointing a weapon down at the Sterling’s chest.
The video shows a flash from that Lake’s weapon, accompanied by the sound of four more shots from Salamoni’s gun.
“They shot him?” a man’s harried voice, close to the microphone, says in the video. “Yes!” a weeping woman replies.
East Baton Rouge EMS sent one ambulance to the scene at 12:46 a.m. and found Sterling dead on arrival, agency spokesman Mike Chustz said.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III said he was at the scene, but declined to say whether he thought the shooting was justified.
“It would be premature for me to make a comment one way or the other,” he said.
Sgt. Brian Taylor, the newly-installed leader of the Baton Rouge police union, did not immediately respond to requests for comments on Tuesday.
Prior to the videos release, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, Lt. McKneely told reporters with The Advocate, a local Baton Rouge newspaper, the he did not know how many shots were fired but believed that only one of the officers fired his weapon.
McKneely said both officers who were at the scene are on paid administrative leave, according to department policy.
“We give officers normally a day or so to go home and think about it” before being interviewed, McKneely said. He said being part of a shooting is a stressful situation that can produce “tunnel vision” for the officers involved and might not lead to the best information.
Both officers at the store were wearing body cameras and cars had dash cameras, McKneely said. Muflahi said police also took surveillance footage from his store and seized his entire video system.
McKneely said both body cameras came loose and dangled from the officers’ uniforms during the incident.
McKneely failed to mention that both Lake and Salamoni, known as ‘hard partiers’, were drug tested by urinalysis at the Baton Rouge Police station and then later sent to a local Baton Rouge Hospital for blood toxicology testing.
According to anonymous sources within the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office, the urinalysis tests of both Lake and Salamoni tested positive for high levels of methamphetamine’s, which resulted in the mandated decision by McNeely to send both officer’s to the hospital for blood tests.
“They were amp’d-up good….it is a f…kin miracle they did not shoot everyone in the parking lot,” said one source close to the investigation.
Howie Lake, 28, was previously put on administrative leave in 2014 after he was one of six officers who shot a 28-year-old man, Kevin Knight, WAFB-TV reported at the time. Knight survived the shooting.
According to police, the officers shot Knight after he fired at them.
Friends and family of Sterling met outside the convenience store on Tuesday night to protest the shooting. At just about 6 p.m. around 40 to 50 people had gathered at the store, some carrying signs and chanting “Black lives matter” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.” The crowd swelled to more than 100 people by 7:30 p.m., with people, some waving homemade signs, gathered at each of the corners of the intersection of N. Foster Dr. and Fairfields Ave. Some mourners left notes and mementos on tables outside the convenience store.
Among the protesters were State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, who sponsored the bill to equip Baton Rouge officers with body cameras when she was on the Metro Council, and local NAACP leader Michael McClanahan.
Sandra Sterling, an aunt who said she raised Alton after his mother died, was skeptical her nephew would be carrying a gun. She went to the store after receiving a call about the incident, saying police would not let her near the body. “I was devastated,” she said.
Sharida Sterling, a cousin who said she was raised with Alton and considered him a brother, said it was not in his character to fight the police. “He would have never fought the police, he wouldn’t have pulled a gun, he would have been too scared,” she said.
Sharida Sterling said she remains skeptical about the 911 caller who said her cousin had pointed a gun, as well as the report about the body cameras coming loose. She called on law enforcement to conduct a transparent investigation, saying police should release the store surveillance video.
Muflahi said he knew Sterling and he had been selling CDs outside his store and in the surrounding area for a few years. Sterling had recently started carrying a gun after a friend was mugged, he said.
Sterling had been living for the past few months at the Living Waters Outreach Ministries, a transitional living center and shelter at 4156 W. Brookstown Dr., two of his fellow residents said.
“Whatever he cooked, he cooked enough for everybody,” said Calvin Wilson, 56, who described the compound as a place for people to “get back on their feet.”
About five people live there full-time, Wilson said.
Wilson and another resident, 60-year-old David Solomon, said Sterling would spread the CDs he sold on a table from time to time in the facility.
“I never saw him coming in here with a weapon, and I never saw him drunk,” Wilson said, adding that Sterling had another job as a cook.
“He wasn’t a bad person,” Solomon said.
Records from the 19th Judicial District Court show that in August 2015 the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of an Alton Sterling who had registered as a convicted sex offender to live at the center at the Brookstown address. Sterling was convicted of one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Sept. 2000, according to the warrant.
While Sterling had registered at the address in July, a probation officer who checked on him in August was told by the center manager that Sterling hadn’t lived there for two weeks.
The DA’s office filed a failure to register as a sex offender charge against Sterling in April.
Sterling’s court record shows he was accused of several crimes dating back to 1996. He’d pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, simple criminal damage to property and unauthorized entry, as well as domestic abuse battery. His Lakeest sentence appeared to come in 2009, when he was sentenced to five years on possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and illegally carrying a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance.
But Darian Gardner, 38, who’d come by the store Tuesday afternoon to view a makeshift memorial for Sterling, which included a stuffed panda holding CDs, said his friend “didn’t cause any harm to the community.”
Gardner, who’d purchased CDs from Sterling, said the discs contained everything from music to movies.
“He was nice. He wasn’t a bad guy. He was respectable,” said Gardner, who called his friend’s death “tragic.”
Salamoni’s father-in-law, James Durdin, lashed out against protesters in an interview with the New York Daily News.
“It burns my you-know-what when it’s – usually the black people – that try to make an agenda out of this,” Durdin told the Daily News. “What I’d like to see is them with no police at all, so they can know what it’s like not to have them… The majority of [cops] would never be abusive. Does anyone give a you-know-what about that? We’ll have social chaos [without cops].”
Durdin said Salamoni is well-trained and followed his training.
He said it is “a dirty shame that things like this end up in the news, ‘cause there’s something going around the country and it’s anti-police.”
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spent much of today promoting a message of unity and peace, while expressing “very serious concern” over the death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling at the hands of a Baton Rouge police officer. “Violence and destruction of property is not an answer to anything we are facing today,” Edwards said.
The district attorney for East Baton Rouge announced Wednesday that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have taken the lead in the deadly officer involved shooting of Alton Sterling early Tuesday morning.
The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is leading an investigation into what happened. The U.S. attorney’s office in Baton Rouge, the FBI and state police also will be involved in the investigation, Gov. John Bel Edwards said.
Hillar C. Moore III issued a statement late Wednesday morning saying the decision to involve the federal agencies was made to give the community confidence that local law enforcement is committed to transparency in the case.
Before the Alton Sterling shooting investigation was handed over to the U.S. Justice Department, Baton Rouge police interviewed the two officers involved in the incident, said Moore. “The officers feel they were completely justified,” Moore said.
Authors Note: Trump supporters may remember Alton Sterling from his antagonistic disruptions at the Trump rally in Baton Rouge on February 11, 2016. It was just a matter of time before someone shot the Black Lives Matter terrorist.