Jaelen Strong, Tyrann Mathieu, other NFL players open up about Alton Sterling shooting

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Like many Americans who have been stopped in their tracks by the video of the shooting death of a Louisiana man being detained by police last night, a number of NFL players are processing some raw emotions right now.

And a number of them have taken to social media to express their frustrations that the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of Baton Rouge police officers.

Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong has been among the most vocal, with a stream of consciousness and replies to fans who encouraged him to “stick to football.”

Likewise, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick referred to the shooting in strong terms, saying: “This is what lynchings look like in 2016!”

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who spent his college career in Baton Rouge at LSU, expressed a sense of resignation, saying: “The violence is not new, it’s the cameras that are!

There’s good reason for a sense of frustration among these players, and anyone else who has seen the video today. And while the NFL generally strives for a sanitized, controversy-free image, a number of players are willing to give voice to their thoughts.

140 responses to “Jaelen Strong, Tyrann Mathieu, other NFL players open up about Alton Sterling shooting

  1. police, and people who handle your food…they always win…..obey the law and stay alive.

    I do find it odd that with such a large family and support group this man ended up a career criminal and sex offender

  2. I’m a huge Niners fan and Kaep fan, but that’s ridiculous. Sterling had convictions for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and carrying an illegal weapon with a controlled dangerous substance.

    With little or no knowledge of anything that might have happened, the protestors simply decided a black man had been shot by the police, and he was completely innocent. But don’t let facts get in the way of your rioting.

  3. I’m a huge Niners fan and Kaep fan, but that’s ridiculous. Sterling had convictions for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and carrying an illegal weapon with a controlled dangerous substance. But don’t let facts get in the way of your riots.

  4. Always a race thing…. Not sure exactly what happened but I would be willing to bet that it started with the guy doing something illegal, cops came along asked to stop or put his hands up or something, he refused and things got out of hand and now this fella is dead, the city will get sued, there will be riots etc…..Nobody wants a police state but listen people, if you are breaking the law, the police ask you to stop what you’re doing and you don’t then bad things are likely to happen…when will people learn???

  5. goraidersgospurs says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:30 PM
    We go through situation every month it seems, nothing has been done to stop it!!!

    ______________________

    Well what can be done to stop it. Police shoot criminals. Fact. Don’t be a criminal and don’t get shot. Black has nothing to do with. But this will be strictly a race thing because well Obama has done nothing except fuel these a race things.

  6. Is citizens are can only speculate and opinionated about these crisis. It’s the politicians who allow this to happen, and in return it divides us Americans by making it a racial issue. POLICE YOU NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR KIND! THIS IS NOT RIGHT PERIOD!

  7. Simple, stop committing crimes and carrying an illegal firearm and you won’t get shot by police, DUH!

  8. That’s one motley crew in the pictures of the “protest” outside the Triple S Food Mart. It’s a shame all those folks missed work for the protest.

    I detest cops as much as anyone. A majority would just as soon shoot you as look at you (regardless of your race). Bums selling bootleg CDs outside of convenience stores are even more dangerous.

  9. “No justice in America. What is Independence Day? Definitely means nothing to black people”…he tweeted on his iphone 7 while driving his 2016 Escalade 90 mph weaving through Philadelphia traffic.

    Awful story. Terrible, heartbreaking story, but the hyperbole doesn’t help.

  10. Its not only about race, its a cop issue, to many cops out there who should not be cops, they are black, white Asian Hispanic etc …when people see it as a black and white issue they take sides before the facts come out…this is a major problem and unfortunately it won’t be taken seriously by all Americans until it comes to white neighborhoods, and believe me it will…..some, not all cops, but some are out of control and their peers won’t or can’t stop it…..

  11. I am not a young black male, and that being the case, I am not comfortable telling Strong, Kaepernick, Mathieu and others how to feel and react to the death of Alton Sterling. I am not comfortable suggesting whether or not Sterling deserved to die, or supposing what the circumstances of his death were, because I don’t know the details. I don’t think that everyone should feel the same way I do, there is plenty of room for discussion and disagreement over these issues. But that video should be disturbing to all of us on at least some level.

  12. I think its ironic that every time a cop kills someone the body camera malfunctions at that exact moment or falls off.. And being a convicted felon doesn’t mean that you deserve to die.

  13. I was raised to respect police officers, but to always fear that they may be hot heads and would be quick to shoot those that look like me. I grew into a man thinking they’re generally good people and as long as I’m smart and don’t resist during any interactions with them I’ll be fine. This is just happening too often now. I think it’s not the very small minority I always suspected. It’s starting to look more and more like a major systemic problem. I will say this and it will fall on deaf ears…peaceful protests will get more results than violent ones. Proving racists right by getting violent over this is going to set us back even farther.

  14. man what a microcosm of the mass ignorance…his convictions automatically made him worthy to die on the ground? Wow.

  15. Did anyone commenting see the video? The cops had him detained and on the ground when they shot him. Then they went into the convenience store and confiscated the surveillance video.

  16. Yes, it is a race thing, it happens regularly, when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police. Just because he had prior convictions does not mean its okay to kill him. Must be nice to be white and always feel entitled and not murdered by the police.

  17. Sorry, there is no ambiguity here, none. All this nonsense about “follow the law and you won’t get killed” is crap. I am a middle class white person and can tell you there are 2 justice systems in this country. I get a slap on the wrist or told to move along. He gets shot in the chest. No crime he was convicted of is a capitol offense.
    Also Marijuana with intent to distribute??? Another “crime” white people simply don’t get convicted of. Don’t use a broken unfair justice system as an after the fact excuse to execute American Citizens. We beat down and over prosecute one segment of society then blame that segments “rap sheet” for unfair treatment.

    Sorry, Cops have no leg to stand on

  18. That is not a Police shooting its an execution, it should be followed by another one.

  19. qckappa says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:58 PM

    Yes, it is a race thing, it happens regularly, when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police. Must be nice to be white and always feel entitled and not murdered by the police.
    ________________________________

    I say this as a black man…it probably happens to white people all the time. We just don’t hear about it because no one cares. It’s a cop thing as much as it’s a race thing. I don’t think this is anything new, it’s just that we’re catching the murdering policemen in the act more now because of technology.

  20. Some of these remarks are completely insensitive. Let him have been gay though. Then the hate crime talk would have been warranted and flowed freely. These cops were afraid their posture was that of someone afraid. Whats even funnier is the body cam “fell off” of 2 cops supposedly. The store owner said Sterling was not even resisting. From the footage I saw I did not see any resistance either. But hey I guess when you are a convicted criminal selling cd’s in front of a store you have to die.

  21. *Black person gets murdered by cop*

    *other black people protest about black person getting murdered*

    * Triggered Fox news watching tuck in your shirt, hat and shades people bring up Chicago (which they could also give 2 you know whats about) and the guys criminal record to justify killing*

  22. I’ll wait to see ALL of the evidence before passing any judgment. The video I have seen, and audio I can hear, doesn’t show the police in a good light for sure.

    To “blitzboy”, sorry, there are 3 justice system….you forgot the clinton/obama system. The worst one of all.

    What happened to America?

  23. A different point in my opinion what is wrong with this situation is the 32 thumbs down people in kitmandew’s post. As long as there are people who think like this, we will always have problems.

  24. Players should keep their mouths shut & close their social media accounts.

    Back to football.

  25. Just listen to the video! Cop says “He’s got a gun…Gun!” later he says “He’s going for the gun” then shots.
    It’s not a cops shoot a black issue. It’s a cop shoots a non-compliant man with a gun.

  26. There is a huge racial divide. As a white man it is difficult for me to see ‘institutional racism” But it does exist. Black people are treated differently. But what comes first? The chicken or the egg? Does society approach people of color different because they are racist or because they fear the worst? And with a shrinking middle class in a dog eat dog world is there an answer? I sure don’t know. My daughter just entered a program called “Teach For America” where she commits two years teaching under privileged children in the inner city. I look forward to her views and the end of this period.

  27. Why exactly isn’t the “Black Lives Matter” group living daily in Chicago? I believe 60+ people were shot this weekend. Very few were criminals with records longer than I am tall.

    Mr. Sterling has convictions for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and carrying an illegal weapon with a controlled dangerous substance. Why was he in possession of a gun?

    To base your opinion on a video started after Mr. Sterling refused to comply with ANY commands given to him by two police officers seems a little bit biased….but I digress we don’t really care about lives just the “Black” ones who don’t listen to the police and want to fight with the po-po….

  28. qckappa says:

    Yes, it is a race thing, it happens regularly, when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police. Must be nice to be white and always feel entitled and not murdered by the police.

    It happens multiple times each month. Between 2013-15 nearly 50 percent of all people killed by cops were white, compared to 30% black and 18% Hispanic. But, it’s easier to assume you’re a victim than to educate yourself.

  29. when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police
    ——–
    However, it doesn’t appear that he was unarmed. 911 was called because he had threatened someone with a gun, then just before he was shot one of the officers shouted “he’s got a gun”.

  30. If you have a gun on you, don’t resist arrest. It puts the cops on edge. Any movement makes them think you are going for your gun.

  31. More blacks are killing blacks then ever before. But alas, this never gets any attention other then,’Hmm, yep. I was not there to judge what happened. Maybe these black players should question the blacks that are murdering other blacks. This is not racist it’s reality but it’s rarely mentioned.

  32. I’d like to see the success rate for resisting arrest. Does it ever work? I’d like to hear from all the people who got away from four cops with their guns drawn trying to handcuff them.

    We’ll have the conversation about what happened to find them in the original position of resisting and if it was fair or racially motivated later. First I just want to hear the resisting arrest success stories.

  33. Kingmj4891 says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:41 PM

    Well what can be done to stop it. Police shoot criminals. Fact. Don’t be a criminal and don’t get shot.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It is a giant problem that so many people think like this. Carrying a badge is not carte blanche to kill people. Police are officers of the peace. Their job is to protect and serve not to be judge, jury and executioner.

    No one should hear about a prisoner in custody being shot and just shrug.

  34. So resisting arrest = justifiable cause for execution, based on the comments. Got it. Race has nothing to do with it. Got it. There are other things to worry about. Got it.

    Do we wonder why things aren’t getting any better when so many people think this way? Clearly there is a problem, a major problem, surrounding the use of deadly force by law enforcement. As a nation our government imprisons and executes an alarming number of our citizens, and too many people don’t care or don’t think it’s a problem because the affected aren’t the right skin color.

  35. If you don’t see a difference between Law Enforcement Officers (armed representatives of the government) executing citizens without due process and criminals victimizing each other and the public, you are being intentionally myopic.

  36. The victim did not resist and there are witnesses to back that up. Armed or not. If there is no resistance there sure be no use of guns. When the cops arrived on the scene they knew he could possibly have a gun. And they acted that way too. According to early reports the shooting happened then the police searched his pockets and found a gun. He cant be going for his gun as subdued as he was.

  37. qckappa says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:58 PM

    Yes, it is a race thing, it happens regularly, when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police.
    ————
    June 25th. He was a 19 year old kid named Dylan Noble. One other unarmed white guy was shot by police last month.

    With that said, neither of them cooperated with police peacefully. One of them attacked police with his vehicle.

  38. The guy had a gun and was moving around after he resisted arrested and threatened somebody with a gun. People need to realize no matter what his criminal records show that nobody feels worse than the officer who shot him.

    The only case where I saw true police brutality and racism was in the Eric Garner death once you look into what they were doing to him leading up to that and the history of the officers that killed him.

  39. biggredbird76 says:
    Jul 6, 2016 1:50 PM
    The victim did not resist and there are witnesses to back that up. Armed or not. If there is no resistance there sure be no use of guns. When the cops arrived on the scene they knew he could possibly have a gun. And they acted that way too. According to early reports the shooting happened then the police searched his pockets and found a gun. He cant be going for his gun as subdued as he was.

    ———————————————————-

    I’m confident cooler heads could have prevailed and no lives lost.

    At the same time, to hear you describe it, the police just casually walked up and shot him, and there’s n0thing he could have done differently to prevent it. I’m sorry, but no.

  40. I tell everyone complaining about black lives matters not protesting the Chicago shootings from this weekend what……Once the police are hunted down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law like the Chicago shooters instead of protected by fellow cops and prosecutors then you will have a point. When police shootings are treated just like that….no bail….prosecuted to fullest extent of the law…then you have a point. Until then stop telling people what they should protest. And stop using shootings you care nothing about to deflect from murders committed by cops.

  41. I watched the cell phone video of this shooting…
    To me, this looks like another example of what we have seen before…
    Man is resisting the cops. Cops shoot and kill man.
    Yes, usually it is a black man.
    Rule #1 Cops hate it when people disobey them.
    Opinion #1 Cops need a better way to subdue someone who is resisting them.
    Opinion #2 I don’t resisting the cops should be an automatic death sentence.

  42. qckappa says:

    Yes, it is a race thing, it happens regularly, when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police.
    ==================================

    Police kill more white guys than blacks. But that statistical fact isn’t newsworthy because it doesn’t fit the agenda.

  43. I’m all for getting police to police themselves. I personally would not want to put in the situations they are but they can’t just let it blaze every time they are in fear of the situation. Easy for me to say in the cheap seats.

    We will put our attention to this and everybody will jump on board. Jalen,,,,,,,,,,,I ask and plead with you to address black on black violence as well.

    If officers were involved in 60 shootings over the weekend in one single city my guess is you would tweet about it.

  44. It’s not good when someone has to die by cop for whatever reason, be they black, white, yellow or whatever. If it bothers you that it’s all one sided, take the time to investigate cops killing blacks vs whites, or whatever color you like. Just google it. Interesting stuff. Those players should try it. I’ll give you a hint…..maybe I should be more pissed at the number of whites that are being killed by cops because I’m white.

  45. It’s funny how many can Google and bring up that tired argument of Chicago, but cant use Google and simply type in Efforts “AGAINST” Violence in Chicago. You would be surprised at the various efforts that you claim don’t exist. I can’t fathom how you can watch that video, see this man kid cry on National TV, and you come away talking about Chicago; an effort you truly can care less about until you use it to justify a murder. Stop that narrative, crime is committed most in intraracially regardless of race. Nobody is better than the next.

  46. kitmandew says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:38 PM
    Always a race thing…. Not sure exactly what happened
    ———-
    Two white police are holding the suspect down. He is definitely down and not moving. Then the white officer pulls out his gun and shoots him in the forehead.

    If any non-policeman did this and it was caught on video, you can bet the DA would be bringing murder 1 with calls for the death penalty.

  47. For all the race baiters on here, cops kill more whites than blacks every single year! The reason nobody hears of this is because it doesn’t fit the governments agenda of creating racism! It’s not a black or white problem, it’s a government created problem! Police are taking advantage of people every day but the media only reports on the cases that will generate hate among the population so they can finally get control of the “people”! Stop watching the news and having opinions based on the media. The government wants control and if we keep feeding into their race baiting, they are gonna get control! Stand up for the Constitution! Don’t hate your neighbor because of the color of his skin! Stop expecting certain treatment because of color or sexual preference or religion! We are all created equal and we all bleed red! And if we don’t stop racism, there is gonna be a lot of that red blood spilled unnecessarily! #ERACISM

  48. And yet, not a SINGLE one of these same NFL players have uttered a SINGLE syllable about the epidemic of blacks being gunned down in CHicago, NY, Philadelphia, Detroit, etc. How politically correct of them.

  49. 3beeps says:
    Jul 6, 2016 1:54 PM
    When did it become “optional” to obey a police officer’s command ??

    When did non compliance become a crime punishable by execution in the street? I thought we lived in America where we get judged by a jury…

  50. After showing his gun to a prospective “customer”, resisting arrest was more suicide than an execution.

  51. goraidersgospurs says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:30 PM
    We go through situation every month it seems, nothing has been done to stop it!!!

    ______________________

    Well what can be done to stop it. Police shoot criminals. Fact. Don’t be a criminal and don’t get shot. Black has nothing to do with. But this will be strictly a race thing because well Obama has done nothing except fuel these a race things.
    …………………………………………………………………………
    So Tamir Rice was a criminal wit a record too?

  52. For whatever reason, the courts fail to uphold the rule of law in virtually all cases of police brutality. Until that’s fixed, get used to riots.

  53. And of course none of them tweeted about how he had a GUN in his pocket (and was violently resisting the police)

    That won’t matter.

    All that matters will be that he died, it will be claimed he was “shot in cold blood” and we will have innocent people’s businesses and homes trashed by protesters and looters.

    Gonna be loooooooong summer…

  54. “When did it become “optional” to obey a police officer’s command?”.

    When that command is illegal or unconstitutional. When did we become a police state?

    The fact that anyone with a brain will not argue with a cop shows we are not living in a truly free society.

  55. Im sort of blown away. People say he didn’t resist, yet you can hear the Police yelling “get on the ground” and he refuses. He won’t follow instructions and refuses to comply, but you say he wasn’t resisting. He won’t let the cops put him in handcuffs, yet he is “detained” or “in cutsody”. It is an active fight and the cop yells “he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun.”
    I don’t know if they were right or wrong, but I do know that a Cop does not have to be shot, before he can shoot. A cop has a right to protect his own life. There is undoutbtedly cases of Police Brutality and wrongful death (Tamir Rice in my opinion). Look at each case individually. Being black doesn’t automatically make this guy a victim and being a cop doesn’t automatically make them right.

  56. Today there are no black leaders, just black apologists. Intercity neighborhoods have lost their sense of community. There is always going to be real mistakes made by law enforcement…with todays social media the incidences will most probably be recorded and the legal process can go forward. A number of people use these incidents as an reason for rioting…they are nothing more than low level criminals trying to get free stuff. Until real leaders step up, this unfortunate scenario will contnue to suppress the opportunities in these great neighborhoods.
    Todays black neighborhoods have tremendous opportunity for black development at all levels of business.
    Unfortunately, thoughtless comments by Kaepernick and Strong don’t do anything to address the issues facing these neighborhoods…there may be issues with the local police and with good leadership, these problems can be addressed. The problems are much deeper than this, and it’s time to address them within the community.

  57. Keep saying “obey the law” and “he must have had it coming” because you don’t think this will affect you because right now it’s happening to black people, or Hispanic people, or biker looking dudes with too many tattoos. We don’t live in a police state people and when you look the other way when it happens to any of your fellow Americans, you’re just telling them that eventually it’ll be okay to do it to you. Stand up against this garbage.

  58. Black lives matter…..When it involves the cops
    I live in a burb’s not to far from Chicago.
    If there is no money or publicity no one talks about it. Business as usual. No protests. No tweets. Shootings and deaths are up 50% same time period from last year in Chicago. Per CNN.
    You may hate the police but respect the badge!
    The person killed is 99% of the time you would swear is next in line for Sainthood.
    Robbing? Trying to Rape someone? Stealing?
    Hey he went to church on Sunday…….
    If the cops are backing off here I don’t blame them one bit

  59. If you don’t want to be shot by the police, don’t commit a crime, it’s so simple folks.

  60. crazyal —
    I wasn’t simply non-compliance. It was a known felon, with a history of violent crime making a furtive move for a concealed weapon.

    Perhaps, in the heat of the moment, the police should just ask him to come along quietly down to the Police Station Lounge and discuss the whole matter of coffee.
    If that’s OK with the felon, of course.

  61. For those wondering about Chicago, I believe only 1 or 2 were Police shootings, the others were Gang and Alcohol related shootings.

    Lots of white people on the Forum by the looks of the Pro-Police comments and Thumbs up, and it sure is nice to have White People Problems isn’t it…

    If you’ve never walked in another man’s shoes keep your comments to yourselves, as you have no idea what he’s been through to get where he is.

  62. So police get a call that a man with a gun is threatening people, said man will not follow their commands so they have to use force to restrain him. While trying to restrain him he reaches for the gun. At that point no matter how it looks there is only one thing for the police to do, stop the threat!

    Seeing the video you can clearly hear the one officer scream “gun”. In the video you can not see the suspects hands, so no way to know where they are.

    So just because it is a cop shooting a black guy they are automatically wrong. OK makes sense.

  63. @realfootballfan –

    See, you’re wrong. Obey the law, and this wouldn’t happen. Are there bad cops out there? Yes, I would guess so. This is not the case in the video–not even close–video doesn’t lie. He definitely had it coming, and I would argue its the conclusion he was looking for.

    We don’t live in a police state, but those cops have families, too. This wouldn’t happen if people didn’t resist. He would be alive if he got on the ground and let them cuff him. Instead he went for the gun, and got what he had coming to him. Thankfully, only the criminal died in this scenario, and not some innocent father and husband or bystander. If the cop got killed, half these people wouldn’t even be talking about it. That’s the real injustice. You fight in court for your rights, not with the cop making your arrest.

  64. Eyewitness accounts say the cops were told he had a gun. Tazed him first then tackled him. Were trying to secure Sterling’s arms, had the left hand secured to his chest and the right hand was not wit cop struggling to secure right arm. Cop yells gun then shoots repeatedly. Eyewitness states one of the cops after Sterling was shot and motionless then pulls a gun out of Sterling’s right pocket.. There was no gun present before or during the altercation. Only after Sterling was shot.

  65. Another “hands up don’t shoot” lie that the left pushes and the useful idiots swallow hole.

  66. It may seem simplistic but “Yes officer” and going along quietly seldom ends in gunfire. There is no part of resisting that is ever a good decision, no matter what color you are. That isn’t said as a justification of cops going too far, just the opposite, it’s said in recognition of it. The fact that it can and does happen should be more than enough reason not to give them any incentive or rationale for doing it to you. You can talk long and loud all about your ‘rights’ as much as you want once it is safe to do so.

  67. mrtreyseven says
    “It’s funny how many can Google and bring up that tired argument of Chicago”

    — Tired argument? It’s only tired because all those “efforts” you mentioned aren’t working and it’s business as usual on the streets of Chicago and many major cities. I guess it’s easier to get all worked up about something like this, than the “tired arguments” that happen day in and day out.

  68. I firmly believe if he would have just followed instructions that he would still be alive today enjoying a late lunch and wondering why football season isnt here yet.

    Instead…he didnt follow directions and the rest is history.

    “But but they didnt have to pull their gun out…they didnt have to do this…they didnt have to do that…”

    Yea we have all heard those arguments by those who weren’t there to understand the whole story. I wasn’t there either however I am basing my argument on being roughly 5 for 5 on coming home alive after being pulled over by the police and following instructions.

    Simple as that.

  69. 1) Yes, more whites are killed by police each year than blacks. What is conveniently left out of that statement is that there are significantly more whites in our population than blacks.

    2) The idea that there is an “agenda” to not discuss white deaths at the hands of police and to instead discuss black deaths is… well, it scares me that people actually think that way. It’s moronic paranoia that was taught and passed down by people with their own agendas. I’m going to go out on a short limb here: those who have said that on this thread are white, and will not or cannot try to consider things from a perspective other than their own. Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes other than your own once in awhile.

  70. I respect anybody working as cops anywhere in the world. But from my experience some police officers would choose to kill somebody acting a bit weird than defuse a situation. There are three reasons for this. 1. They are cold killers with a badge and beleive that badge is a licence to kill, 2.They are scared and are not fit to be in a situation were they have to deal with the public. 2. They are not educated properly or trained to be out on the streets. Police officers should protect the public first and not themselves.

  71. willi828 ,
    Well, I’ve obeyed the law and had guns pointed at my head by cops on 3 occasions. How about you? Never been in trouble in my life. Never remotely did anything to resist arrest in my life. But it’s nice to know that if that police officer that was yelling at me just decided to go ahead and pull the trigger you would have been here saying I must have had it coming. This stuff happens literally everyday because you have bad police officers, but as long as we have sheep like you who think it’s okay for us to be in a police state, more things like this will happen. Oh, and if you’re subdued on the ground, you should never get shot. I don’t care what he did or if he was bucking or if he was yelling at them. That’s the kinds of situations they get paid to handle. If they can’t handle it without being itchy trigger finger when they or anybody else is not even in danger, they need to get off the force.

  72. @divendevd- I didn’t say the police commands were illegal or unconstitutional in this case. I said we, as free citizens, should be able to question police commands without the fear of beaten or killed. Most people are trained not to question the police regardless of whether said police are acting properly or not. That’s just sad.

  73. Eyewitness accounts say the cops were told he had a gun. Tazed him first then tackled him. Were trying to secure Sterling’s arms, had the left hand secured to his chest and the right hand was not wit cop struggling to secure right arm. Cop yells gun then shoots repeatedly. Eyewitness states one of the cops after Sterling was shot and motionless then pulls a gun out of Sterling’s right pocket.. There was no gun present before or during the altercation. Only after Sterling was shot.

    Are these the same “witnesses” who said Micheal Brown had his “hands up” and was surrendering and then was “shot in the back”? THOSE kind of “witnesses” who will lie about what they saw?

    And BTW, wrong on your assessment. At ALL times the GUN was “present”. May not have been out of his pocket yet, but if you truly think that the cops just DECIDED to SUDDENLY shoot him to death for fun you are a friggin idiot.

  74. “If you’ve never walked in another man’s shoes keep your comments to yourselves, as you have no idea what he’s been through to get where he is.”

    –That statement is for people of all walks of life, not just blacks. As far as walking in this guys shoes, since I’m not a convicted felon with multiple crimes on my record, You’re right, I don’t know what it’s like to walk in his shoes and don’t intend to find out.

  75. You people who keep saying “obey the police” as your catch all when you see that video and know it’s wrong. I’m going to gander and say back in the day that you’re the same people who were saying drug problem we ain’t got no stinking drug problem when it was the inner cities crying for help after they were flooded with crack cocaine in the 80s. However, now that we have a suburban meth and opiate problem, now you’re worried about it. Just give it time. Just give it time. When your suburban teenager is getting their heads blown off because the police are lying after the fact and talking about they were resisting arrest because they rolled up on them past curfew out with their friends in the future, remember some of us warned you. America is not a police state.

  76. I think the killing of any unarmed or legally armed American citizen of any ethnic background should draw protests and warrant a DOJ investigation. However, the glee some of you exhibit when an African American is executed by Law Enforcement while in custody damages my faith in humankind.

  77. Didn’t they know he had a gun before that guy tackled him? Don’t they have tasers?

  78. Our justice system is too busy dealing with trivial matters like 4 games suspension for Brady instead dealing with more important issues such as this. What a corrupt system.

  79. qckappa says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:58 PM

    Yes, it is a race thing, it happens regularly, when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police. Just because he had prior convictions does not mean its okay to kill him. Must be nice to be white and always feel entitled and not murdered by the police.

    Its only a race thing when a white kills a black. It’s not race when black kills black (ask Chicago residents) or black kills white ( when was the last race riot for a black killing a white?)

  80. mmack66 says:
    Jul 6, 2016 4:22 PM
    Don’t they have tasers?
    ———————-
    In many cases, yes, they do. 50 people died last year by a cop’s taser. Only 12 have died so far this year.

  81. realfootballfan says:
    Jul 6, 2016 4:17 PM
    You people who keep saying “obey the police” as your catch all when you see that video and know it’s wrong. I’m going to gander and say back in the day that you’re the same people who were saying drug problem we ain’t got no stinking drug problem when it was the inner cities crying for help after they were flooded with crack cocaine in the 80s.
    ===================

    Watched that video plenty of times and it is unclear why exactly at that moment the cop chose to pull the trigger but you can certainly make out someone yelling gun before the cop pulled his weapon and the shots are recorded. What the video makes very clear is Sterling was not on his knees with his hands on his head. Not justifying the shooting but the people saying “obey the police” do have a point. In this instance if there were no struggle there would have been no shots fired. Again, not justifying the shooting but he clearly was not obeying the cops. So in that regard the posters are correct, whether or not the cops were is for someone with a lot more info than we have to decide.

  82. If he didn’t have a gun on him, he did by the time the supervisors arrived on the scene.

  83. all lives matter everywhere on earth. Just black people in the US always use their race to justify for their bad behavior. what a shame!

    – signed a minority guy

  84. The video is shocking but none of us know what we can’t see. There are multiple shouts of “gun, gun” and the hands of the man that was shot are not in view. The police had body cams. Hopefully one of the body cams will provide a complete record of events. We are all better served by prayers and patience then to rush to inflammatory judgement.

    Oh yeah and perhaps sports reporters will let step back and uhh you know report sports,

  85. I like how I got 14 thumbs down for simply describing what happened. Don’t know what is so hard to understand about a police officer shooting him point blank in the forehead while he’s on the ground. If you or I did it, the DA would try to set bail at $500,000 and call it an “execution” in closing arguments.

  86. rcali says:
    Jul 6, 2016 3:53 PM
    If these cops have a last name of “Clinton” they’ll be cleared of all charges.
    ______________________

    If these cops are related to Oliver North they can plead the 5th and get a job working for Fox News.

  87. Anyone that has a deadly weapon and ignores clear orders to disengage has a high risk of death. An officer that hesitates has a high risk of death. It is not hard to be shot by the police if you act in an irresponsible way. Why is the outcome a surprise?

  88. rcali says:
    Jul 6, 2016 3:53 PM
    If these cops have a last name of “Clinton” they’ll be cleared of all charges.

    __________________________

    In 2007, the Bush administration set the precedent when admitting losing 5 million emails discussing government business, many of which were on private accounts of White House officials.

    Do your homework.

  89. Jaelen is a uneducated dope.

    This dope should think about the impact of his statement. Is his statement helpful in anyway?

    If Jaelen wants to help the black community this is not the way. He has access and a platform to communicate ideas which are helpful to everyone and all he does is incite hatred. This is sad.

  90. @Birdgang the reason you get thumbs down is because your statement has a HUGE hole in it. A regular citizen would never be tasked with arresting a resisting felon in possession of a gun. Cops have rights that go beyond Citizens because they are required to take action that Citizens never would. That’s why they are judged and prosecuted differently.

  91. Man, it’s tough to tell what happened here. I think both sides of the debate are getting carried away.

    I have a problem with police officers shooting a man who was already face-down on the ground. If you make the argument that he had a gun and was moving his hands, then it seems unwise for the officer to stop immobilizing the man’s arm while reaching for his own service weapon and firing. It’s hard to accept that excuse.

    However, I also see a man fighting with police, and if they had a report that he was armed with a gun and they saw the gun, then that’s bad news. You hear the police officer shout “gun” and “he’s got a gun” before any shots are fired.

    That last fact will lead to these cops being cleared of any wrong-doing. I’m as opposed to police brutality as anyone else, and I’m a supporter of anti-brutality groups. I strongly believe we need federal investigation of all police shootings, and federal prosecution if wrong-doing is discovered.

    But I think this case looks like a justifiable shooting by the police. I know it sounds weird, but when you’re wrestling on the ground with a large man like that, and he’s armed, these policemen have to protect people around the scene as well as themselves. They were left with few options. I hesitate to call this unjustified.

  92. Had a gun. Reaching for cop taser. All bleeding you bleeding hearts that think this guy was in the right are staight up dumb. Love to put you in the cops shoes. Dude is a pedophile,Assaults women etci can care less if he sold drugs. Yet the masses praise him. What happened to this country?

  93. @landoflefselutefiskandlosers

    Knowing passing/concealing/deleting sensitive/classified information on a non-classified system is not the same as “discussing business”

    Do YOUR homework, Mr. “It’s George Bush’s Fault” guy..

    Geesh. What a moronic reply.

  94. Birdgang says:
    Jul 6, 2016 6:06 PM
    Don’t know what is so hard to understand about a police officer shooting him point blank in the forehead while he’s on the ground.
    ______________
    Funny………I’ve read at least 25 articles on this and haven’t seen one that says he was shot in the forehead.
    He died from gunshot wounds to the chest.
    Making things up doesn’t make them true.

  95. I’ve got a few friends in law enforcement who are both white and African American. ALL of them tell me that as long as you obey the law OR obey their commands when you break the law and get caught, there should never be a problem with them beating your arse or shooting you. The problem they say is that too many punks run their mouths and disobey orders and that is when they encounter problems. I think obeying the law would be the best solution.

  96. “thebirdofprey says:
    Jul 6, 2016 8:37 PM
    Its funny when white people go on a crusade to say what is racist and what is not. You have no more right than a rapist to define rape.

    Hey “thebirdofprey” your ignorance is astounding. White people are victims of racism as well. Racism is not for one race or another. Your statement is a racist statement.

  97. From the one angle you cant see the hands of the suspect, dont know what he was doing. The camera doesnt lie but it also doesnt tell the whole story some times. Take a look at the NFL players that are sounding off.they should understand this more than most. They have plays in a inconsequensial game that are reviewed buy at least 6 of the most state of the art high def cameras at all different angles and they still sometimes cant pick up a subtle movement and get a play right. In this important event it is just one cell phone angle that points away from the fight at a critical time. I wasn’t there so I can’t judge. But I would hope that people will let the investigation play out before judgement.

  98. Okay, watch the video. He gets shot in the chest. Point blank. Shooting anyone in the chest point blank, while they are being held to the ground is just cowardly. It’s an execution. Watch the videos and try to tell me otherwise. Pretend it’s a relative being held down, and ask yourself if you’d be okay with him being offed that way. It’s not like this was a “suicide by cop” scenario, so stop pretending it is.

  99. When given a direct command to obey by law enforcement, you do ! I have been pulled from a vehicle AT GUNPOINT & questioned by police all because I looked like somebody they were looking for. Now of course they were pretty messed up with the way they were asking me questions but since I didn’t have nothing to with what they were asking about – I was cool with it & guess what? – I don’t feel my civil rights were EVER violated, because I knew they were doing their job!
    – signed ANOTHER minority guy

  100. Yes, it is a race thing, it happens regularly, when was the last time an unarmed white guy was shot and killed by the police. Just because he had prior convictions does not mean its okay to kill him. Must be nice to be white and always feel entitled and not murdered by the police.
    _____________________________
    I love how everyone blames race even if the statistics show more whites get shot by cops

  101. Its funny when white people go on a crusade to say what is racist and what is not. You have no more right than a rapist to define rape.
    ——————————-

    Maybe you should check Wikipedia on the meaning of racism.

    You are accusing an entire race of people of being racist……..

  102. Dylann Roof blew away 9 black people at a Charleston church, but because he surrendered calmly to police they brought him to Burger King.

    Despite being licensed to carry in an open carry state, Alton Sterling got shot 6 times for selling CDs outside a convenience store.

    Yeah, it has nothing to do with race because nothing has anything to do with race.

  103. @finfansince68 – So you were held at gunpoint and questioned rudely, in a case of “mistaken” identify, and don’t believe your rights were violated?! You were cool with being harassed? Unbelievable.

    My parents once had a car that apparently resembled a vehicle sought by the cops. After being pulled over several times my Dad went to the police station and told them, in no uncertain terms, that he was not taking that anymore. He was a law abiding white man.

    More people need to fight for our rights. If that means battling law enforcement, so be it.

  104. @thedoctlc he didn’t get shot for selling CD’s. He got shot because he had a gun and was resisting Officers. He was a felon and it is illegal for him to possess that gun. He was not licensed. Quit lying

  105. @uncommon1 Video confirms Sterling was on the ground and restrained with the gun in his pocket before he was perforated.

    These are the facts of the case and they are undisputed.

  106. Unarmed white people get shot and killed by police all the time it’s just not breaking news like it is when a black person is shot and killed.

    So far in 2016 there have been 0ver 500 people shot and killed by police and about 125 of those people were black.

    That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

  107. Sadly, even reading through responses here, I see black and white. I just wish the answers were black and white.

    The culture that has evolved between black and blue is really the issue. While I am white, there is little doubt that a person growing up black, even if affluent, provides one with a very different view of law enforcement people. Even in 2016 institutional racism can exist. Wear a certain clothing item, or turn your hat a certain way, and you can do nothing wrong, and get detained and frisked. So when you see this happen over and over as a black citizen, it affects your view and yes, no doubt it affects how you cooperate with a cop when they ask you to do something. Being white, I can’t conceive this. But a black person has in the back of their mind, enough already, before it even starts. It is so easy for me to just say cooperate. I don’t think black people see it this way. This is NOT a criticism. I think I am trying to see a perspective much different than my own.

    I have relatives who are cops and I know they are not paid enough to lose fights on the street. And losing a fight is a fine line. If you let up on a suspect and if they have a weapon, you might die, or your partner does, or a citizen. Be too aggressive and you face the wrath of people, as in this case.

    I think what will be difficult for the family of the victim to overcome is (I think this is fact), he had a gun, and he was resisting. The gun is a game changer while resisting.

    One of the smartest comments above stated that, everyone, at least on some level, should be disturbed by this event, much less the video. Disturbing is so true.

  108. How can you make a judgement when you haven’t seen all the evidance, spoken to all the witnesses and examined all the video. Specially when it takes weeks or months to uncover all the witnesses and vedio. If you know so much about the incident, contact the authorities. I dont know who is right or wrong, but one thing I do know is that people wityh a limited amount of knowledge are DANGEROUS. They stir up peoples emotions that sometimes lead to people getting injured and property being damaged.

  109. thebirdofprey says:
    Jul 6, 2016 8:37 PM
    Its funny when white people go on a crusade to say what is racist and what is not. You have no more right than a rapist to define rape.

    ____________

    I hope what you are saying here is, as white people, we cannot fully know racism on blacks, or maybe other minorities. We can try to understand it. But it does not happen to us. We don’t experience it. As a result, it is difficult to hear our opinions of what is or is not racism. Is that correct?

    I agree with the other person above who stated, the way your wrote this (with the comparison to rapists) , you are indicting every white person as a racist. Many are. But certainly not all of us. We may not truly know the feelings others are exposed to because of racism, but that does not preclude us from, at a minimum, trying to understand and identify it.

  110. Don’t feel like Independence Day has anything to do with you? Good. Leave the country and try to find one that would accept you. I am sure the majority of my country would help fund your transfer to Greenland.

  111. “Although black men make up only 6 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 40 percent of the unarmed men shot to death by police this year [2015]” – from The Washington Post study of every fatal police shooting in 2015.

    I know for the racists here they will say this is proof of something other than racism.

  112. More from The Washington Post:

    “In the majority of cases in which police shot and killed a person who had attacked someone with a weapon or brandished a gun, the person who was shot was white. But a hugely disproportionate number — 3 in 5 — of those killed after exhibiting less threatening behavior were black or Hispanic.”

    Yeah, there’s no problem.

  113. Oh no, people are downvoting facts!

    Hey, this is an emotional issue, I get that. I bring up numbers to show that there actually is very solid objective evidence that there is a terrible, terrible problem of police violence against black men.

    Ignore it and you’re part of the problem.

  114. Look — let’s get one thing straight. There are racists in every nationality and religious sect in this country.
    The problem I have as a white man is many blacks scream racism over anything, often setting a fire where there is no spark.
    I’ll give you one NFL case related to that. My favorite team, the Packers, hired Ray Rhodes as their HC after Mike Holmgren left. Rhodes had been an assistant coach and DC for many years and the HC of the Eagles, too. He earned Coach Of the Year in his first year with the Eagles.
    I was very excited to get Rhodes because he was an assistant coach with the Niners when they were winning Super Bowls. I was sure Rhodes and his no-nonsense approach would be a positive thing for the Packers.
    All that ended as I watched him coach the Packers that year. He was not bad, he was terrible. He spent more time chewing gum on the sidelines than anything else. After one year, the Packers fired him. I was very happy they did it and so were most other Packers fans. And — they were absolutely right to do it.
    Well — guess what? Immediately people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson started using the racist term and insinuating Rhodes’ firing was about race. It was all bull. I watched every play of every game that season and found myself screaming at the tv at Rhodes in many games. He was simply a bad HC. It had absolutely nothing to do with race, and the fact that the Packers were one of the teams which went out of its way under Vince Lombardi to bring in black players and demand that they be treated equally, was completely lost on them.
    I am the first to stand up and be counted for anyone who has been racially violated. But when people constantly scream the sky is falling, it makes me less inclined to stand with them.

  115. Music…

    I think I am far more on your side than any other. But I have to say, the initial details I heard indicated that Mr. Sterling was armed.

    So your facts that 40% of the black men shot by police were unarmed, does not apply here.

    Hence, the second part of your facts, the percentage of minorities killed for less threatening behavior also does not apply.

    Now, I was not there. I haven’t reviewed the case facts other than media reports. But I am basing this on the version that the store owner saw the police get a gun out the Mr. Sterling’s pocket.

    I hear what you are saying, and I do agree there are problems, but the facts you quote don’t apply of what has been reported is true.

  116. @nyneal,
    Your example of Ray Rhodes is probably right. And there are several cases of one and done terrible white coaches too. The problem is, there are also cases of terrible white coaches who were given the benefit of the doubt for a second season.

    Omitted from your facts is that Ray Rhodes was successful in Philadelphia and won coach of the year honors his first year there. So given that, the quick hook in GB did get some criticism for not giving him a second year to implement his system.

    Aside from all of that, there are clearly enough cases where racism does exist that yes, that is likely the easiest place to go in these situations. Especially when there are details that resemble past experience for minority folks. But before you summarily dismiss them because of a few situations, you need to ask, were these types of accusations made “always” without merit?

  117. niners816 says:
    Jul 6, 2016 12:36 PM
    I’m a huge Niners fan and Kaep fan, but that’s ridiculous. Sterling had convictions for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and carrying an illegal weapon with a controlled dangerous substance.

    With little or no knowledge of anything that might have happened, the protestors simply decided a black man had been shot by the police, and he was completely innocent. But don’t let facts get in the way of your rioting.
    ——————————————————————We are so quick to bring up what a person happened to do in 1990, 2009, So he committed a crime in 2009…what did that man do today in 2016…Nothing! Blacks are supposed to forget about slavery because of the time in which it happened. People need to forget what these people did in the past and look at the situation for what it is, another black man gunned down at the hands of a police officer. People say just comply with the officer, well that is what Philando Castile did, he complied and still was shot and killed.

    The media calls what these 4 individuals did in Dallas a cowardly and heinous act, they will indeed pay for the acts they have committed, when will these police officers start paying for theirs.

  118. Sterling was a burglar, a woman-beater, and a pedophile. He had already been convicted of illegally carrying a weapon before, and was violating parole when the police rolled up on him. Despite all that, he would have lived if he had simply complied with the police officers’ lawful orders. And now, we see a pedophile being put on a pedestal.

  119. bunkmcnulty says:
    Jul 7, 2016 11:58 AM
    @nyneal,
    Your example of Ray Rhodes is probably right. And there are several cases of one and done terrible white coaches too. The problem is, there are also cases of terrible white coaches who were given the benefit of the doubt for a second season.

    Omitted from your facts is that Ray Rhodes was successful in Philadelphia and won coach of the year honors his first year there. So given that, the quick hook in GB did get some criticism for not giving him a second year to implement his system.

    Aside from all of that, there are clearly enough cases where racism does exist that yes, that is likely the easiest place to go in these situations. Especially when there are details that resemble past experience for minority folks. But before you summarily dismiss them because of a few situations, you need to ask, were these types of accusations made “always” without merit?

    _______________________________________

    Apparently you didn’t read my post. Here is what I wrote about Rhodes:

    I’ll give you one NFL case related to that. My favorite team, the Packers, hired Ray Rhodes as their HC after Mike Holmgren left. Rhodes had been an assistant coach and DC for many years and the HC of the Eagles, too. He earned Coach Of the Year in his first year with the Eagles.
    I was very excited to get Rhodes because he was an assistant coach with the Niners when they were winning Super Bowls. I was sure Rhodes and his no-nonsense approach would be a positive thing for the Packers.
    All that ended as I watched him coach the Packers that year. He was not bad, he was terrible. He spent more time chewing gum on the sidelines than anything else. After one year, the Packers fired him. I was very happy they did it and so were most other Packers fans. And — they were absolutely right to do it.

    As you can see, I not only pointed out Rhodes was coach of the year for the Eagles, I also said I was glad the Packers hired him.
    Now — in answer to your final question (about dismissing all cases where racism is charged) — I am absolutely not saying there hasn’t been clear cut cases involving racism from whites against blacks. I am saying that if racism is charged as a knee jerk reaction in so many cases where it does not apply, it will cause those of us who are on the side of those who are oppressed to be apathetic. Do you get what I am saying? It’s the Chicken Little concept. If someone keeps hollering the sky is falling when it is not, people will ignore it when it does.
    Racism has become a crutch for black people to use to defuse the real issues far too many times. And that is dangerous, to me.
    I live in the area where the infamous Tawana Brawley case happened, and the lies she told gave Rev Al Sharpton the platform he needed to launch his career a self appointed crusader for black people. Never mind he was a major leader of the team who spread the lies about the case and was found guilty in a civil law suit brought forth by those he defamed, he has been in the public eye ever since chasing ambulances and stirring up racial tensions with his tactics. If ever there has been a racist who has gotten away with it, it’s Reverend Sharpton.
    If people want to get past racial tensions in this country, they have to ignore the fire starters on both ends of the pendulum and start at the ground level of learning to cooperate with one another to defuse volatile situations.
    If the cops who killed blacks recently are given their day in court and are found guilty, I am for giving them the penalties they deserve. But we must not rush to judgement and we must allow the system to work. Certainly, murdering innocent policemen and wounding innocent bystanders is not justice. The men who did this should be tried as well and if convicted, they should also be given sentences which befit the crimes.
    Racism is not a one way street, folks. It is not only whites who can be racists. That must be remembered, too.

  120. You have to wonder if these two incidents in LA and MN are the straws that broke the camels back…

    5 dead police in dallas. Several more wounded.

    1 officer fighting for his life in Misouri.

    Several more officers in Tennessee and Georgia targeted.

    This is all in 24 hours.

    If you believe cops were uneasy/biased around black people 24 hours ago, think of how uneasy/biased cops are right now?

  121. Please can we stop saying that cops kill more Whites vs them killing more Blacks as they should since Whites make up 77.1% of the Unites States population opposed to 13.1% Black/African American. I saw a video just last week officers took down and arrested (not shot) a white criminal who was resisting. This is a matter of Police stereotyping African Amercian and using the excuse that they were afraid of their life as a justification to shoot someone.

  122. Again, I ask. What part was “illegal”, other than resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and disobeying a lawfully issued order. I’ll wait.

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