Demonstrators connected the shooting and subsequent protest with the Black Lives Matter movement, which brought attention to the deaths of young Black men and women like Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Michael Brown. The juvenile cut his chin.
Awkward Black Girl writer/actress Rae tweeted about wanting to start a scholarship fund for Sterling's surviving children, explaining, "Some of us feel helpless when these things happen, but that's a small step".
"It is being led by the U.S. Department of Justice", Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards told hundreds of people at Living Faith Cathedral in Baton Rouge on Thursday evening.
Sterling was black, while both officers are white. Reuters could not independently confirm that account with Baton Rouge police, who did not respond to a request for comment.
Separately, Salamoni was issued a letter of caution for his involvement in a "preventable crash" on June 13, 2012.
Seven other police officers and two civilians were injured in the melee that sent protesters scrambling as heavy gunfire erupted. In Louisiana, you don't need a permit to open carry-although Sterling likely would have been banned from owning a weapon at all due to his criminal record. A judge in Baton Rouge sentenced him to five years in prison.
Although, according to witnesses and video footage, neither of the men appeared to be threatening the police, they were shot after officers found them to have guns. One of the officers lays on the ground, gun pointed at Sterling's head. Here's where to find us, and how to contribute to our reporting. "It had been a handsome protest and as we turned to come home, I was talking to one of the sergeants of the police department and, all of a sudden I heard 'pah, pah, '" rally organizer Rev. Jeff Hood said.
"So now is not only a time to grieve but also talk and, more importantly, to listen to one another", he said.