Alton Sterling, more than just a name but now another hashtag, is reportedly the 558th person to be killed at the hands of authority in 2016. Sterling, 37, was killed Tuesday, July 5, 2016 outside of a convenience store.
CNN reported that, police showed up “after an anonymous 911 caller reported a man threatening him with a gun.” Some type of altercation then occurred that was captured in a video that has now gone viral. The video shows Sterling being shot. The sequence of events remains unclear, as different witnesses hold different accounts. The fact still remains that Sterling, yet another black man, was killed at the hands of the people sworn to protect him.
Several VH1 stars refuse to remain silence and are speaking out, and calling for action.
The first step in solving a problem is acknowledging that one exists. Our condolences to the Sterling family.