On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot several times at close range while held down on the ground by two white Baton Rouge Police Department officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Baton Rouge Police Department, or BRPD, is the primary law enforcement agency in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city.
Alton Sterling Shooting Cellphone Video by ABC News
Police were responding to a report that a man in a red shirt was selling CDs, and that he had used a gun to threaten someone outside a convenience store.
Compact disc is a digital optical disc data storage format, co-developed by Philips and Sony.
Alton Sterling shooting described by Baton Rouge store owner by NOLA.com
The shooting led to protests in Baton Rouge and a request for a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The United States Department of Justice, also known as the Justice Department, is a federal executive department of the U.S. government, responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice in the United States, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries.