UPDATE: Alton Sterling Shooting Sparks Protests & Celebrity Reactions — See Jesse Williams, Zendaya, Amy Schumer, & Others’ Comments On The Sad Story

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The Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana is currently facing public backlash after video surfaced of their officers shooting a black father-of-five named Alton Sterling.

According to the BRPD, Police responded to a call on Tuesday, not long after midnight, and were told that a black man wearing a red shirt was selling CDs and had threatened the caller with a gun. Unfortunately, the scene turned fatal when the uniformed cops made contact with Sterling at the Triple S Food Mart.

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In a statement, the police explained:

“Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene.”

That’s that, right? Not exactly, as video shows Sterling being aggressively thrown onto the hood of a car before a second cop climbed on him and pinned him down. Not to mention, both officers were heard yelling “get on the ground” prior to physically making contact with Alton.

Shortly after one of the officers proclaimed the victim had a gun, one cop pulled out his gun and held the neck and/or head of the man down onto the pavement. Two loud pops were heard and then another two pops, which we can only assume were gunshots.

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East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. William Clark shared that Mr. Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and back. Although, he would not confirm whether or not Alton had been shot seven times as was evident from the video.

Since the news broke of this incident, several protesters flocked with their signs to be outside the convenience store while chanting “Black Lives Matter”. Several politicians have now spoken out on this controversy, including Congressman Cedric Richmond who demanded that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct an investigation into this matter. He also encouraged protesters to protest “with dignity.”

Obviously, this extremely upsetting story also sparked a reaction from celebrities like Jesse Williams, Zendaya, Amy Schumer, Lily Allen, and many others. Take a look at their reactions for yourself (below)!!!

Will we actually get justice this time around??

Rest in peace, Alton.

[Image via Instagram/WENN.]

Jul 6, 2016 7:40am PDT

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