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Alton Sterling, a 37-year old man who sold CDs, was shot and killed by a Baton Rouge police officer after false reports were made that he had a gun. Were the police justified in using force?

Alton Sterling, a 37-year old man who sold CDs, was shot and killed by a Baton Rouge police officer after false reports were made that he had a gun. Were the police justified in using force?
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  • No, the police were not justified in using force.

    The Baton Rouge police was wrong to shoot and kill Alton Sterling because he was unarmed and not a threat. The police were definitely not justified in using force. There have been too many instances of police using excessive force against unarmed suspects. These incidents have created a lot of tension between many communities and law enforcement.

  • An open gun carry policy does not exempt people from the scrutiny of law enforcers

    Sterling was shot on camera. The details are unclear. He had sold music CDs a short time before someone called police to report Sterling was carrying a gun. Apparently, Sterling was seen waving a gun and threatening someone, and was later l shot outside a store likely for not surrendering to police. The store's owner claims that Sterling did not get into a confrontation with anyone. Protest have begun in the streets of Baton Rouge. When a black man is shot for no clear reason, people are outraged. Sterling has a criminal history, and friends claimed he carried the gun for self-protection. Sterling was probably not allowed to carry a gun since he was on probation. Police must follow the rules. If there is wrong doing, cameras may shed light on the case.

  • No, BRPD officers were not justified in using force against Alton Sterling.

    No, BRPD officers were not justified in shooting and killing Alton Sterling. He had sold CDs in front of the convenience store for years, and the store's owner said the police absolutely did not handle the situation correctly. He was shot multiple times in the chest and in the back and never drew a weapon. This was after he had also been tased multiple times.

  • No, they were not justified.

    Police officers need to be more careful. They have been killing innocent people at an alarming rate, and trying to use the justification that they felt like their lives were in danger. It is the officer's job to put his or her life in danger, and shooting unarmed civilians needs to stop.


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