Who was Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, LA?


By Max R. Weller


(East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office sex offender info)

It appears he was a homeless, registered sex offender — the offense being Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile (under Louisiana law, a juvenile is anyone less than 17), for which he was convicted in 2000 and served four years imprisonment until 2004 — with a violent criminal record in more recent years, including arrests for Aggravated Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, Unauthorized Entry, and Domestic Abuse Battery. “In 2009, he was sentenced to five years in prison for marijuana possession and for carrying an illegal weapon with a controlled dangerous substance,” according to the New York Daily News.

I’m not going to rush to judgment about what happened in Baton Rouge, but they did the right thing to call in the feds immediately.

BTW, the mayor of Baton Rouge, LA is a black man who seemed very forthright in the press conference I watched on CNN yesterday morning.

The victim? He weighed over 300 pounds, had a gun in his pocket, the dispatcher advised responding police officers that he’d pointed that gun at the complainant who called 9-1-1, and it’s pretty obvious from the video that he resisted arrest — and was still on his back resisting when he was shot to death by officers.

He also was living in a homeless shelter, despite being married and the father of five kids. I’d make an educated guess that this had something to do with Domestic Abuse; perhaps he was not permitted to live at home.

The late Mr. Sterling is even more sketchy a character than Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO — whose death in a police officer-involved shooting in August of 2014 led to well-publicized protests, riots, and extensive property damage in that suburb of St. Louis, MO. A grand jury later refused to indict anyone in the death of Michael Brown.

We can hope that cooler heads will prevail in Baton Rouge, LA.


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