Yes, the nation is once again horrified to learn another black man tragically lost his life after an altercation with police. Alton Sterling was shot and killed Tuesday just after midnight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Listen to the liberal narrative and you’ll hear that Sterling was killed for selling CDs outside of a Triple S Food Mart. There’s a bit more to the story, of course.
Police were called after Sterling had been threatening a homeless man with a firearm for asking him if he had any spare change. The homeless man had made the 911 call. After police arrived, Sterling had resisted arrest, and appeared to make a grab for his firearm at one point. This is still disputable, however. In the video footage of the shooting, you can hear the officer shout “He’s got a gun!” and “if you f—king move, I swear to God.” One of the officers then says something unintelligible, and two shots are fired.
So who is Alton Sterling? For starters, liberals should know he possessed an illegal firearm. As a felon with a lengthy rap sheet, Sterling is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. Police records show Sterling had been a member of the Bloods gang, and had a list of offenses including battery, assault, drugs and weapons charges, and owed $25,000 in child support. He was also a registered pedophile, having impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 20. The media, by contrast, has portrayed him as a loving father of five.
9/09/96 – Aggravated battery10/31/97 – 2nd degree battery1/06/98 – Simple battery5/04/00 – Public intimidation9/20/00 – Carnal knowledge of a juvenile9/04/01 – Domestic violence5/24/05 – Burglary of an inhabited dwelling place7/11/05 – Receiving stolen things9/12/05 – Burglary of inhabited dwelling place3/17/06 – Simple criminal damage to property, simple robbery, simple theft, drug possession, misrepresentation during booking, simple battery, aggravated battery4/12/06 – Aggravated battery, simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace, unauthorized entry4/04/08 – Domestic abuse battery6/03/09 – Resisting an officer, drug possession, receiving stolen things, possession of stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon with CDs, sound reproduct without consent10/12/09 – Illegal carrying of weapon, marijuana possession8/13/15 – Failure to register as a sex offender4/08/16 – Failure to register as a sex offender6/14/16 – Ecstacy and marijuana possession
What happened is undoubtedly tragic. The circumstances of the shooting still aren’t completely clear, and nobody deserves to die just for having a criminal record. However, it would be just as dishonest to portray this story as just another man living his life who was gunned down by the police for no reason, which is what many on the left, including Black Lives Matter, will do.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]