Baton Rouge PD Shoots Alton Sterling. What We Know...
You may have noticed the #AltonSterling trending. Who is Alton Sterling? Good question. Details about him are still emerging. But before all the facts are known, the left is trying to push their "police officers kill black men for sport" narrative, and are using Sterling as their next move. Here are some details, for those who aren't yet up to speed:
Alton Sterling, a 37-year old man who sold CDs, was shot and killed by a Baton Rouge police officer Tuesday morning outside a convenience store on North Foster Drive after “some type of altercation” with two officers, officials said.
Baton Rouge police did not provide much information about what escalated the incident between the officers and Sterling or what prompted an officer to fire his weapon. A witness, however, described police as “aggressive” and said Sterling was armed but was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident. Police later retrieved a gun from the man’s pocket, said the witness, shop owner Abdullah Muflahi.
I'd say we should wait for the facts to come in, but of course this is 2016 and since there was someone there with a video camera it's too late for that now. I'm just going to point out these three things:
1. Police were called because they were told Sterling was pointing his gun at someone and threatening to shoot. Many mainstream media outlets are failing to report that tiny detail, instead focusing on the children he's left behind. So already this case has been painted with the "THIS IS NOTHING BUT A SENSELESS TRAGEDY" brush. And yes, it is always tragic when someone is shot. But let's not ignore the facts.
2. In the video (NSFW obsiously), you hear the police yelling that he had the gun. You'll also hear the police yelling at Sterling "Don't move!" As in, do not reach for your gun. As in, do not move. As in "we have you on the ground. Don't reach for your gun."
3. Small detail, the guy was a registered sex offender. It doesn't prove anything here, but let's not pretend he was a choir boy.
And before everyone makes it into a race thi...ok, it's too late for that. But a reminder, more white people get shot by police officers than black people get shot by cops. Typically a black person is shot by another black person, but we're not supposed to talk about that.
Now, here's a brief commentary before the world continues down its rabbit hole of stupid. Louisiana is an open carry state. You can have a gun there. Okay? Okay. But you can't brandish your weapon and threaten people with it. It's more than frowned upon, it's illegal. For reasons which are self-explanatory. Okay? Okay. Further, if police are called out and ask you to do something, do it. Resisting arrest isn't a good idea. Which you can clearly see in the video if you so choose to watch.
The people recording the video did not capture the actual shooting. That's also key here. Should the cops have shot Sterling? We can't know, we didn't see what Sterling did at the moment of the shooting.
What we can say is, despite him having children, despite him selling CDs, despite him having a gun in an open carry state, if he reached for his gun as two cops had him on the ground... all those details about what a love-bunny he is doesn't matter.
And if a white man had reached for his gun in the presence of cops, he'd be shot too. Even if he had children and sold CDs.
Look we would have loved to wait for the details of this case to come in before writing about it. But the left doesn't wait. They push the narrative as quickly as possible. We're simply reacting to their moves here, trying to balance this out.
But patience for details, waiting for facts, none of that matters to people pushing a narrative. What matters is the continued maligning of cops. The same people, incidentally, that the left wants armed while taking away your guns.
Logic. It doesn't compute with leftists.