A Black man was shot dead by police officers on Tuesday outside a supermarket in Baton Rouge, the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana, local press reported.
Alton Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and back while he was on the ground, a video released online shows.
In the clip, an officer can be heard yelling “get on the ground,” and then the officer is seen charging at Sterling, grabbing him and tackling him onto the pavement.
Although the police department has not revealed yet if Sterling was armed, in the video one of the officers yells, “He’s got a gun!” The officer seen in the video then yells, “if you fucking move, I swear to God!”
Five shots can then be heard but not seen because the bystander dropped the cell phone when they heard the shots.
Body cameras worn by the two officers both fell off and do not show the shooting, according Louisiana State Representative Denise Marcelle, according to local news channel WAFB. It is not clear how Marcelle would be in a position to know and release that information.
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