Peaceful remembrance for man killed by police in Baton Rouge

Peaceful remembrance for man killed by police in Baton Rouge

Peaceful remembrance for man killed by police in Baton Rouge

Mr Sterling's death heightened tensions in Baton Rouge, where about 200 protesters were arrested over the weekend.

The service, which was open to the public, had several notable speakers, including Baton Rouge Councilwoman Chauna Banks Daniel; Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La.; and the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of several civil-rights activists in attendance. It was at one of those protests that a black sniper shot and killed five white police officers in Dallas, further heightening tensions. Police have said they found a gun in Sterling's pocket.

Muflahi said Sterling wasn't just a man who sold CDs in front of his store. Police arrested Malik Bridgewater, 20, and two other suspects on theft and burglary charges after eight handguns were stolen from a pawn shop.

Mr Sterling's death was captured on smartphone video and circulated widely on the internet.

A spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said police and sheriff's deputies were involved in the shooting incident.

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According to The Associated Press, Bridgewater was still being held in the Baton Rouge jail after he declined to enter a plea during a court appearance on Friday.

The confrontation was caught on a couple of videos that show the officers wrestling Sterling to the ground, eventually signaling that he has a gun, and then shots being fired into Sterling's chest from very close range.

Sterling's family asked for the day to be a peaceful celebration of life, a pastor said at the opening of the service.

WBRZ has verified that a Black Lives Matter activist and the woman pictured in the much-shared photo from a Baton Rouge protest are among those who will not be prosecuted.

Mr Moore said his office was reviewing the rest of the arrests, which included allegations such as resisting arrest, carrying guns or some "act of violence".

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Two of President Barack Obama's two senior advisers are attending the funeral of the black Louisiana man who was killed by police last week.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said threats like that justified an increased show of force at the demonstrations, as officers donned riot gear and used military-style vehicles after starting with a mostly low profile.

Hundreds braved thunderstorms to gather at the F.G. Clark center on the campus of Southern University on Friday for Sterling.

Last week, five white police officers were shot dead at one such protest in Dallas, Texas.

However, The Daily Advertiser reports that the police report detailing the investigation makes no mention of an alleged threat that the suspects were looking to harm police officers. The ACLU of Louisiana and other groups filed a lawsuit earlier this week over the treatment of protesters by police.

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