New video footage has emerged showing the fatal police shooting of 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling. The graphic footage shows Sterling being thrown to the ground by cops Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after they received a complaint about a man making threats with a gun while selling CDs.
The cops are seen yelling at Sterling to ‘get on the ground’ – but he does not – before he is tackled by the officers.
As Sterling continues to move on the ground, the officer believed to be Lake reaches for his gun and then points it at the father-of-five’s chest.
One of the officers then yells at Sterling: ‘You f****** move and I swear to God…’
Less than two seconds later, the first shot is heard, followed quickly by another as the startled store owner turns the camera away from the gruesome scene. Three more shots are heard as the clip ends.
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Another video also captured the moment Sterling was shot, with a woman heard screaming as shots ring out.
One of the new videos – shot by the convenience store’s owner – offers a different angle of the attack, offering a clearer picture of Salamoni and Lake as one straddled and the other pinned Sterling to the ground before shots were fired.
The other, shot from a nearby car, is more blurry but captures the horror as customers watch Sterling get shot.
It was also revealed on Wednesday that Lake, a three-year-veteran of the force, was previously put on administrative leave for his involvement in another police killing in December 2014, but later reinstated to the force.
Both Salamoni and Lake have been put on administrative leave as the fatal shooting is investigated. On Wednesday, a Department of Justice spokesman announced that the agency would be looking into whether the two police officers violated any civil liberties.
Sterling’s death has caused widespread protests in Baton Rouge, and adds to the long list of police-involved shootings sweeping the nation – including the other high-profile cases of Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
At another press conference on Wednesday, Sterling’s widow spoke about the impact his death has had on her family, as the oldest of their five children – 15-year-old Cameron – broke down into hysterical sobs.
The 15-year-old son of police-shooting victim Alton Sterling broke down sobbing on Wednesday, as he joined his mother during a press conference on the deadly incident. Quinyetta McMillan told reports of the impact the shooting has had on her family, leaving her five children without their loving father who provided for them.
At the beginning of her statement, McMillan spoke of how their oldest son Cameron, 15, has had to watch his father be killed over and over again as the video of his death is shared around the world.
Scroll down for shocking video of the shooting and press conference.