SUAB HMONG NEWS (07/07/2016) – Based on the latest mainstream news: On Wednesday night, 07/06/2016, St. Anthony police officer shot a 32-year-old Philando Castile, a cafeteria supervisor who worked at St. Paul’s J.J. Hill scholl for the last 12-15 years.
CLICK HERE to watch the actual video shot by Castile’s girl (Warning: Video in the link contains graphic images and language.) from Castile’s girlfriend, the shooting occurred when Castile told the officer that he was going to reach for his wallet to get his ID but also told the officer he had a firearm on him, which he’s licensed to carry.
In the video, the girlfriend says as Castile reached for his wallet, the officer fired “four or five times.”
On Tuesday, 07/05/2016), Baton Rouge police shot a 37-year-old Alton Sterling during an altercation between the Baton Rouge police and Sterling in the parking lot in front of a store.
Officers approached Alton Sterling, 37, in the parking lot of the store, and “an altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued,” police said. Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene, according to police.
The camera then pans away. Someone says, “Get on the ground,” and three more shots are heard.
The camera pans back to Sterling, showing him lying on his back with a gunshot wound to his chest and an officer by Sterling’s head, pointing a gun at him.
Sterling’s body after the shooting has been obscured in the video, which was edited by ABC News.
In the video someone says, “Shots fired,” and an officer then takes an object out of Sterling’s front pants pocket.
The store owner, Abdullah Muflahi, who recorded the video on his cellphone, told ABC News he was standing a few feet from the altercation when Sterling was shot.
When Muflahi got outside, the officers were already slamming Sterling onto a parked car, he said. Then, the officers “backed off” before one officer tasered him and the other tackled him, Muflahi said.
“I thought I was just going to wake up from a nightmare,” Muflahi said of the ordeal. “It was horrible.”
He said that at one point Sterling was asking “What did I do wrong” but said he did not see him reach for anything.
“And after they got off of him his hand was not in his pocket and the gun was not in his hand,” Muflahi said. “It was really hard to see all of that. It was very– I can’t even explain it. It was very difficult. It was very very difficult.”
Muflahi said he knew Sterling for about six years and that Sterling had been selling CDs outside his store for the past two years or so. Muflahi described Sterling as a friend who would sometimes watch his store when he had to step out.
“A lot of people loved and respected him,” Muflahi said, describing Sterling as a “very nice,” “always happy” and “loving guy” who would always buy snacks for kids in the neighborhood.
Both incidents are ongoing investigation and protest against police brutuality are expected to be on the street for the days to come.