Memorial outside the Triple S Food Mart where Alton Sterling was fatally shot by police. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Reuters.
Enough Is Enough Redux: This week, it's Louisiana's decision not to charge the two white Baton Rouge cops who killed Alton Sterling, a black father of five, in July 2016. Their attorney general made the call "after a thorough and exhaustive review of the evidence," though to most people, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, "The final moments of (Sterling's) life looked less like a police stop and more like a public execution." The killing left yet another anguished, keening, enraged black family. "They took away a human, they took away a father," said Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Sterling's eldest son. "We're all out of tears." Sterling's aunt Veda Washington shed a few before moving on to bitter truth- telling. "They're not going to bring charges on anybody," she said. "This is white America."
The Sterling travesty comes about a week after two white Sacramento cops killed Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black father of two, by blasting him 20 times for standing in his own backyard holding a cell phone. His death, which prompted widespread protests, was likewise deemed "an execution." "They gunned him down like a dog," charged his brother Stevante. "It was like stepping on a roach." Clark's murder was so egregious California's Department of Justice says it will undertake its own investigation; Clark's family will also seek its own autopsy. Still, it keeps happening. The names of
#AltonSterling #StephonClark Sequita Thompson, Stephon Clark's grandmother, speak for them all and their shattered families with, "Please give us justice."