‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters are threatening to stage riots in response to the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot by two white police officers in Louisiana.
37-year-old Sterling died of gunshot wounds to the chest and neck after a confrontation in Baton Rouge last night that was sparked by reports of a man threatening people with a gun outside a shop.
Video footage of the shooting shows the two officers wrestling with Sterling, who is wearing a red shirt. One of the officers pins Sterling’s arm to the floor with his knee before drawing a gun.
“He’s got a gun. Gun!” a voice is frantically heard saying before shots ring out.
Hours after the shooting, around 200 people gathered near the scene before blocking roads and chanting “black lives matter”.
The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.
According to one eyewitness, police later removed a gun from Sterling’s pocket.
Reaction on Twitter was furious, with many ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters threatening to stage riots and civil unrest.
Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore were both hit by riots and widespread looting after the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.
A sample of the tweets threatening riots and civil unrest appears below. One of the individuals urges rioters to target “privileged” neighborhoods.
If you are assembling to riot for #AltonSterling dont do it in a densely populated area for the oppressed. Riot in a privileged neighborhood
— Camlet (@CambaWalker) July 6, 2016
Not protest… RIOT! #AltonSterling
— Lisha Bootsie (@LishaBootsie) July 6, 2016
It's gonna be a worldwide riot sooner than later! #AltonSterling
— Uni (@LoveUnique__) July 6, 2016
When are we going to take a fucking stand against Amerikkka? I'm not usually one to do this, but I want a fucking riot.
— [n] (@NoChillNaya) July 6, 2016
Let's start a riot #AltonSterling
— Moe ???? (@m_abusaad) July 6, 2016
That video is just sickening if justice isn't served to #altonsterling I know that the people of BR will cause a riot. Black America be safe
— Alexandria Cannon (@The_cannon_9) July 6, 2016
We should riot daily. Part of me isn't even kidding. There's 10s of millions of us, Black and Native. We're still in hell. #AltonSterling
— #SaveKevinCooper (@NolanHack) July 6, 2016
— Yishmael (@YidmaelSmith) July 6, 2016
I've been trying to keep a positive worldview, but when I see what happened to #AltonSterling I get physically sick. How do people not riot?
— Eugene Oubliette (@zorak303) July 6, 2016
The entire black community has the right to express their anger. We will not judge you! Riot, march, protest! I support you! #AltonSterling
— V (@NENEWIKILEAKES) July 6, 2016
— Domain Awareness (@domainawareness) July 6, 2016
If the police in the #altonsterling case get off w/o being charged of nothing less than murder I believe the ppl should riot in Louisiana
— +Zeemiveli® (@BiGZeeM) July 6, 2016
history repeats itself, i'm just waiting on the day we as blk people get fed up and start another rodney king riot. #AltonSterling
— ?tai. (@nappymami) July 6, 2016
If the cop that shot #AltonSterling doesn't get life they need to riot
— ??? (@FluxOriginal_) July 6, 2016
My only tweet about #AltonSterling cover yo face w a vinegar rag. Burn & loot shit smash on 12, the news cameramen & poverty pimps off top;)
— YaDiggz (@EmmaculateJones) July 6, 2016
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