Target: Mayor Kip Holden of Baton Rouge
Goal: Identify and punish cops responsible for the killing of a black man they had pinned to the ground.
Alton Sterling was on the ground when the police killed him, according to the civilian video taken of an incident of alleged police brutality. One police officer was kneeling on his leg and the other standing over him with his gun drawn. In the end, Sterling was shot multiple times in the back and chest.
The officers were wearing body cameras, though the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) has stated that the cameras “fell off” during the incident. They have not as of yet released the names of the officers involved. The shooting also occurred outside a convenience store equipped with cameras. While the BRPD has obtained footage from these cameras, they have not released it.
Any police officer who resorts to lethal force against a man who is pinned to the ground, especially when the officer is equipped with a taser, has no business being a police officer. Sign our petition to demand that the BRPD release footage taken from the convenience store, identify the officers responsible for the killing of Alton Sterling, and ensure those officers are no longer on the Baton Rouge police force.
Dear Mayor Holden,
In the wake of the killing of Alton Sterling, it is disappointing to see the same patterns assert themselves. The BRPD has been slow to identify the officers responsible and have not released video taken from the convenience store. This is the exact kind of closing of the ranks that undermines public trust in law enforcement, and will only intensify public anger. The fact that body cameras worn by the officers reportedly “fell off” before or during the incident can only serve as confirmation of the suspicion that the BRPD has no interest in transparency.
A man is dead, shot in the back and chest by officers equipped with tasers. Either these officers were not properly trained or they have no business being officers of the law. To keep these individuals on the streets is to endanger the community and further damage the credibility of the Baton Rouge municipal government. I urge you to ask for the resignation of police chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and to publicly identify the officers involved and ensure that they’re fired. Furthermore, I urge you to release footage obtained from the convenience store cameras.
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