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USA: 'Justice must be served!' Mourners honour slain Alton Sterling at site of police shooting01:50

USA: 'Justice must be served!' Mourners honour slain Alton Sterling at site of police shooting

United States, Baton Rouge
July 7, 2016 at 07:20 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters took to the street of Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Wednesday evening, to express their anger and sorrow over the killing of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old African-American shot dead by two white police officers.

The protesters marched through the city’s streets, accompanied by a traditional brass band, exhibiting various placards commemorating Sterling and demanding justice, ending the march in front of the convenience store where Sterling was killed.

Police were called to the scene where Sterling was selling CDs outside the convenience store after a bystander alleged the 37-year-old threatened him with a gun. While police allegedly recovered a weapon from Sterling after the incident, an eyewitness - the manager of the convenience store - has said that at no point during the confrontation with the officers did the victim hold any firearm.

The killing is the 505th fatal incident involving police officers in the US in 2016. Recent high-profile cases of unarmed black men dying at the hands of the US police have sparked protests and civil unrest in several American cities, with many protesters adopting the slogan 'Black lives matter'.

USA: 'Justice must be served!' Mourners honour slain Alton Sterling at site of police shooting01:50
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Hundreds of protesters took to the street of Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Wednesday evening, to express their anger and sorrow over the killing of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old African-American shot dead by two white police officers.

The protesters marched through the city’s streets, accompanied by a traditional brass band, exhibiting various placards commemorating Sterling and demanding justice, ending the march in front of the convenience store where Sterling was killed.

Police were called to the scene where Sterling was selling CDs outside the convenience store after a bystander alleged the 37-year-old threatened him with a gun. While police allegedly recovered a weapon from Sterling after the incident, an eyewitness - the manager of the convenience store - has said that at no point during the confrontation with the officers did the victim hold any firearm.

The killing is the 505th fatal incident involving police officers in the US in 2016. Recent high-profile cases of unarmed black men dying at the hands of the US police have sparked protests and civil unrest in several American cities, with many protesters adopting the slogan 'Black lives matter'.

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