Protests are growing across Baton Rouge this evening, over the police shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.
It comes after a video shot from a nearby car surfaced on social media, showing two Baton Rouge officers attempting to arrest Sterling, who was selling CDs outside of a convenience store.
Yesterday, the Baton Rouge Police Department issued a statement on Facebook about the incident, stating that two officers were responding to reports a man selling CDs had threatened someone with a gun.
“An altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued. Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene.”
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.
The video shows police approach, and then tackle sterling onto the hood of a car, before wrestling him to the ground.
A brief struggle ensues, ending with one of the officers yelling “he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun!”
A few seconds later shots ring out, as the camera is tilted away.
A second video has since surfaced, shot by the owner of the convenience store.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
Shot from a different angle it begins with Sterling already on the ground.
In it, police can be heard telling Sterling “Hey bro, you F***ing move I swear to God…” followed by “He’s going for the gun!” before multiple shots are fired.
Police can be seen taking something from Sterling’s pocket afterward.
The local NAACP chapter has called for the Baton Rouge police chief’s removal and for an outside investigation into the incident.
The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division now say they will lead the investigation.
It’s just the latest high profile killing of a black man by U.S. police.
In July of 2014 Eric Garner killed in an illegal police choke hold after an altercation for selling loose cigarettes on the street in an incident caught on video.
Just a month later, Michael Brown was shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri kicking off a wave of national protests and helping establish the Black Lives Matter movement.