On July 5 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Alton Sterling lost his life in a fatal confrontation with two police officers outside a convenience store, according to ABC News. Sterling, a 37-year-old African American, was shot and killed by one of the officers. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back.

Reports say that Alton was selling CDs in front of the store before he died. Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman L’Jean McKneely said that officers were called to the scene after an anonymous caller claims that a man in a red shirt pointed a gun at someone and told them to leave the property. The Advocate (a daily newspaper with editions in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans, LA), reported that “a witness described police as aggressive and said Sterling was armed but was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident.”

Footage of the Alton Sterling shooting has been leaked. [Warning: Graphic Content]

Racial tension in our country has been high with the shooting of fellow image-bearers Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and more happening in the last few years. We pray for increased peace, justice, and unity in our fallen world. Please join us in prayer. Christian hip-hop artists hit Twitter to share their thoughts on this tragedy.


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