New Footage Emerges Showing Cops Execute Man at Point Blank Range


Sabrina Canfield | Courthouse News Service

BATON ROUGE (CN) – A second video has emerged of the killing of Alton Sterling, the black man who was shot dead by police in a convenience store parking lot early Tuesday morning.

The video was shot by Abdullah Muflahi, owner of the Triple S Food Mart, where the incident occurred and it appears to confirm Sterling was not holding a gun in his hand when he got into an altercation with officers.

Sterling sold homemade CDs and DVDs outside the convenience store.

Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake were reportedly responding to a 911 call from a homeless man who said Sterling had threatened him with a gun, according to a report from CNN, but Muflahi said no one was waving a gun, certainly not Sterling.

The store owner began filming soon after police arrived to the scene, because, he said, something just didn’t seem right.

“He didn’t even tell me about anything, he usually tells me,” Muflahi said. “He’s not that type of person. It would have been a very big problem to pull his gun out,” Mulflahi told the Daily Beast.

Muflahi walked out the front door when he saw the officers talking to Sterling and said there was no “altercation,” as police claimed, until the cops Tasered and tackled Sterling.

The video, which Muflahi provided to the Daily Beast, shows very clearly that Sterling was not holding a gun in his hand at the time when, restrained on the ground, one of the police officers shot him several times in the chest.

Sterling’s left hand, without a gun, waves in front of him in the video. For a few moments he is still alive, writhing as a spout of blood forms in a hole in his chest.

Mulflahi told reporters Wednesday that as far as he saw, Sterling never brought out a gun or threatened officers in any way.

Other witnesses have said they clearly heard Sterling say “What did I do?” several times before he was shot.

Mulflahi said he had known Sterling five or six years and had never seen him get into a fight or even an argument.

He was a nice guy,” Mulflahi said. “Always smiling, always happy, always joking with people.”

Muflahi said Sterling had sold his homemade CDs and DVDs from the parking lot of his store for years and that the two were friendly. Sterling had been inside the store the night of the incident, joking with Muflahi, when the officers arrived.

“He sits right outside the door. If there was anything that had happened, I think I would have heard it,” Muflahi said, according to a report from NBC.

But then, Sterling didn’t seem to know why officers had been called either, by Muflahi’s account.

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