Saturday, 16 July 2016

Photos: Mourners gather for funeral of police shooting victim Alton Sterling

Mourners gather for funeral of police shooting victim Alton Sterling

Mourners have been paying their respects at the funeral of Alton Sterling, ten days after the 37-year-old was shot dead by Louisiana police as officers pinned him to the ground.


A video showing the fatal shooting of the black man outside a convenience store went viral and was quickly followed by another involving Philando Castile in Minnesota.

Their deaths sparked worldwide protests that saw five police officers killed and seven injured by a lone gunman in Dallas.
An inmate with the Louisiana Department of Corrections is consoled by friends and family they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Friends and family paused in front of Alton Sterling’s open coffin, which was adorned with musical notes and a smiling photo of the dead man.
The body of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by Baton Rouge police officers, lies in a casket during his funeral, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman


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The 37-year-old was selling CDs outside the store, as he had done for years, when he was killed by police responding to a call of a man threatening someone with a gun.
One mourner wore a T-shirt that said ‘No Justice, No Peace’ on the back of it. Another carried a board saying: ‘Black America I’m Sorry!!’.

The funeral was also attended by two of Barack Obama’s senior advisers.

BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 15: Friends and family pay their respects as they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling at Southern University on July 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 15: Friends and family pay their respects as they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling at Southern University on July 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Mourners pay their respects as they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Mourners pay their respects as they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Mourners pay their respects as they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 15: Sandra Sterling aunt of Alton Sterling crys during the funeral of her nephew on July 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 15: Sandra Sterling, aunt of Alton Sterling, Sandra Sterling aunt of Alton Sterling crys during the funeral of her nephew on July 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


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