Thursday, December 9, 2021

Man Who Filmed Alton Sterling’s Death Sues Baton Rouge PD

Abdullah Muflahi and Alton Sterling
Abdullah Muflahi and Alton Sterling

*The convenience store owner who filmed the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling said police stole the surveillance video from his store, took his cellphone and locked him in a car for four hours.

Per New York Daily News:

Abdullah Muflahi, who owns the Baton Rouge Triple S Food Mart where Sterling was killed on July 5, says cops confiscated his phone and locked him in the car, according to a lawsuit filed with the Baton Rouge district court.

Sterling, a 37-year-old black father of five, was tackled and wrestled onto the hood of a car, then the pavement, by two police officers around 12:35 a.m. The officers fired five shots at Sterling, who was hit once in the chest and once in the back.

In a 42-second cellphone video taken by Muflahi, one of the two officers takes a gun from Sterling’s right pocket, despite earlier reports that the man had pulled the gun on the officers.

According to the lawsuit, police took surveillance equipment and video from the Triple S Food Mart without a warrant, as well as Muflahi’s cellphone with the video of the shooting.

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