BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A second bystander’s video has emerged showing two white police officers involved in the shooting death of a black man outside of a convenience store.
The store owner, Abdullah Muflahi, says he shot the cellphone video and released it to the media Wednesday night. It shows the shooting of Alton Sterling from a slightly different angle than another video that was taken by a community activist and widely circulated on the internet.
Muflahi’s video shows the officers on top of Sterling and the shots being fired. The camera moves away at one point and when it returns, Sterling can be seen lying on the ground with what appears to be blood on his chest.
One officer is lying on the ground on his side with his weapon pointed toward Sterling, who appears to still be alive as his arm moves up to his chest. A voice can be heard saying “Shots fired! Shots fired!” The video then shows a second officer reaching into Sterling’s pocket and pulling out an object.
Baton Rouge activist Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed has filmed the aftermath of more than 30 deadly shootings in the city. The group’s most recent video has reverberated far beyond Louisiana’s capitol city, capturing the shooting of Sterling.
Reed said during an interview Wednesday that members of his organization, Stop the Killing Inc., were monitoring police scanners when they heard a report of a disturbance at the store. There, they captured video of two white Baton Rouge police officers scuffling with 37-year-old Alton Sterling before he was fatally shot.
His group circulated the video by social media hours later, fueling protests by dozens of people at the store Tuesday night.
It’s not clear from the murky video what it is, but the store owner says it was Sterling’s gun.