Police brutality has been on the rise in the United States recently, in which police officers take advantage of their power in law enforcement for the wrong reasons.
A second video of police killing Alton Sterling has been released to the public. The footage was provided by Abdullah Muflahti, the owner of the convenience store where the shooting took place.
The footage shows two white police officers tackling Sterling as multiple shots are fired. The altercation culminated in Sterling being killed.
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The graphic video also depicts that Sterling was not holding a gun when he was shot and killed by a police officer. This detail discredits officer's claims Sterling was brandishing a weapon.
Muflahti recorded the video on his cell phone. The business owner, who knew Sterling for six years, told The Daily Beast repeatedly, “It was a nightmare, it was a nightmare. I kept expecting to wake up.”
The U.S. Justice Department is now leading a civil rights investigation into the case. According to CNN, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II have been identified as the officers involved in the altercation with one firing the fatal shot.
The police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after the fatal incident.
The officers work in the uniform patrol division within the Baton Rouge police department and were seen slamming Sterling to the ground in two viral videos, according to ABC News.
Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said he "does not plan on resigning" despite calls demanding he step down.
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