Alton Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene after a Baton Rouge police officer held him down and shot him multiple times in the back and chest. He is one of 558 people shot by police in 2016 alone — and among 51 people since June 23.
Reactions from the social justice community and black Americans, who live in fear of police interactions, has evolved from the demands for justice seen after Michael Brown’s death to grim acceptance that justice is never possible against those society expects to serve and protect.
A sample of the tragic loss of hope is below:
1.Cops kills black dude
2.Officers go on paid-leave
3.No criminal punishment ensued
4.People riot for #AltonSterling.
5.Repeat, new city.
— お金ミッチ (TittyBoy) (@MitchLeezy1) July 6, 2016
— Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38) July 6, 2016
A human life should not have to become a hashtag before it is considered valuable.#AltonSterling's life mattered.
It was of value.
— Ronke Lawal (@ronkelawal) July 6, 2016
— Ronke Lawal (@ronkelawal) July 6, 2016
so glad someone was there to witness the killing of #AltonSterling bc they probably woulda made it something its not .. that video POWERFUL
— tia (@TiaaNoMOWRY) July 6, 2016
People who justify the #AltonSterling execution with "he had a gun" are the same people preaching about their 2nd amendment right
— Massey Britt (@masseybritt) July 6, 2016
The officers body camera 'fell off' apparently. Now we're lucky we seen that video cause of the camera man #altonsterling
— Tahmina (@topshelfmidget) July 6, 2016
Now his jail records are being brought up. They're probably looking for a picture of him with a gun before they go on CNN. #AltonSterling
— Nonyecima™ (@Mystiq_Janelle) July 6, 2016
No matter what they say, how they twist or spin it, #AltonSterling was murdered by the very people meant to protect him. That is INJUSTICE.
— Sal DiBenedetto (@SaysSal) July 6, 2016
Both body cameras fell off? Justice fell right along with them as well as #AltonSterling.
— Andre Perry (@andreperryedu) July 6, 2016
Go home and kiss your family, children and/or loved ones. Because honestly you never ever know who might be "resisting" next #AltonSterling
— bad luck shahema (@princessshaayy) July 6, 2016
— i don't care stan (@moonliteariana) July 6, 2016
It hurt watching that footage. Hurt to the point of tears. But sadly, this isn't even a surprise anymore. Just anger.
— Andrien Gbinigie (@EscoBlades) July 6, 2016
Right wing is afraid gov't will take their guns; Black ppl are afraid gov't will kill them.
Another gov't killing by cops. #AltonSterling
— jenn kauffman (@jennaudrey) July 6, 2016
— Move The Crowd (@MOVETHECROWD) July 6, 2016
6 shots in close range to a guy that wasn't even armed, and I can guarantee the officers will get off with no consequences #AltonSterling
— ️ (@calumsIana) July 6, 2016
Drove by Emmanuel AME today. Thought about how the cops peacefully arrested that mass murderer & got him Burger King. Now? #altonsterling
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 6, 2016
People trying to get @iJesseWilliams fired for saying black people are getting killed?
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) July 6, 2016
— Wiz Khalifa (@TheWizKhalifa) July 6, 2016
White people will get outraged over a gorilla getting put down, but executing a black guy is just Tuesday here in the USA #AltonSterling
— W.E.B. DemBois (@iqbro) July 6, 2016
a black man struggles and gets shot multiple times while white boys get two months for rape – oppression is a real thing #AltonSterling
— scarlet (@intothenight__) July 6, 2016
Tired of being afraid to live and exist in this world #AltonSterling
— lamar abrams (@neo_rama) July 6, 2016
— McScuse Me Bitch?! (@SheSeauxSaditty) July 6, 2016
Shocked and appalled by cops' murdering #AltonSterling. No excuse. Modern day lynching. Where is justice?
— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph) July 6, 2016
I'm actually crying what is happening to the world :( #AltonSterling
— francine ranada (@FOVDROYANT) July 6, 2016
— luke (@luketayIor) July 6, 2016
— #BUYZAMBIAN (@TopZedBrands) July 6, 2016
Summed up by one woman perfectly:
— Natalie Jones (@NatalieJones777) July 6, 2016
People are bringing photos and flowers to the place where police killed “Big Alton” for a small memorial site:
Makeshift memorial for "Big Alton" feet from spot of shooting; security camera in top right (police took video) pic.twitter.com/urboAfcihL
— Bryn Stole (@BrynStole) July 6, 2016