Family of slain Louisiana man Alton Sterling denounces Dallas police deaths

Members of the Living Faith Christian Center congregation sing a hymn at a prayer vigil for Alton Sterling on Thursday. Sterling 37 was shot and killed on Tuesday outside a convenience store where he was selling CDs


Five police officers were killed by snipers at one in Dallas on Thursday night.

The cop's father-in-law, James Durdin, lashed out at protestors who claimed the shooting was an act of police brutality. Cellphone video of his shooting was posted online, setting off angry protests, and the Justice Department swiftly agreed to open a civil rights investigation.

Suspect Eric Harris, shot multiple times, died in the February 8 incident, which has resulted in a pending FBI investigation. More protests were planned for Wednesday evening. Alton Sterling's eldest is only 15-years-old. "It is to say that, as a nation, we can and must do better to institute the best practices that reduce the appearance or reality of racial bias in law enforcement".

"It was inspiring, he inspired me", she said.

In the video, which appears to be shot from inside a nearby parked auto, one of two police officers outside the store can be seen tackling a man in a red shirt and wrestling him to the ground.

When Alton Sterling was killed on Tuesday in Louisiana - the incident unfolded just a few feet away from a Dearborn native who recorded it with his cell phone.

Beyoncé issued a statement on her website speaking out against the widespread killings of black people by police officers throughout the United States.

Her comments were posted hours after an ambush attack in Dallas, Texas on Thursday night (07Jul16) left five police officers dead and seven others wounded.

The national head of the NAACP said he is exhausted of victims of police shootings being treated as "hashtag tragedies" instead of human beings mourned by their families.

Cornell William Brooks is president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He traveled from Washington to address a rally Friday outside Baton Rouge's City Hall and to meet with Alton Sterling's relatives.

"This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers", Kim said.

The governor said the shooting should bring a new focus on law enforcement training, reports Elizabeth Crisp of The Advocate. How many more must we lose? Police were even said to have confirmed that the gun was still in Sterling's pocket after he had been shot and killed.

"I do not believe in my heart that there was a gun", she said, suggesting that police said he was armed "to cover up something".

Protesters stand on cars as they congregate at N. Foster Dr. and Fairfields Ave., the location of the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

And we want to know: what are people saying about these shootings, and about race and policing in America, in your communities?

"So now is not only a time to grieve but also talk and, more importantly, to listen to one another", he said.

The city's mayor and police chief welcomed the move, but community leaders said they anxious the probe would be too limited and urged authorities to consider all possible federal and state criminal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake. After police arrived, a struggle ensued and Sterling, 37, was fatally shot in the chest and back.

One officer shot Sterling five times at close range, and the other took something from his trousers pocket as he was dying, another video recorded by Abdullah Muflahi, owner of the store where Sterling was killed in the parking lot, showed.

"Regardless of how angry or upset people may be, resorting to this kind of sickening violence should never happen and simply can not be tolerated", McMillon said to Sterling's supporters. "The irony is that the officers lost their lives protecting the right to peacefully protest".

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