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Black Man Alton Sterling Killed by Police in Louisiana

People Are Beyond Outraged Over the Cops Killing a Black Man as He Sold CDs

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Police shot and killed a black man in Baton Rouge, LA, early Tuesday, prompting widespread outrage and protest. Alton Sterling, age 37, was selling CDs outside a convenience store when two officers were caught on camera slamming him down to the ground before shooting him, according to CNN.

Police were reportedly responding to a call from someone who said a man selling CDs had threatened him with a gun. The owner of the store, Abdullah Muflahi, witnessed the shooting and said the officers were aggressive and that Sterling's hands were nowhere near his pocket or gun, reports The Advocate.

Part of the disturbing incident was captured on video:

Following the shooting, #AltonSterling began trending on Twitter, with hundreds reacting to the incident:

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Authorities said that the two involved officers, identified as Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, have been placed on paid leave and that the Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the case, according to The New York Times. "I have full confidence that this matter will be investigated thoroughly, impartially and professionally," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said, reports The Times. "I have very serious concerns. The video is disturbing, to say the least."

Sterling leaves behind five children.

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