Baton Rouge Protests Continue
A week has passed since 37-year-old Alton Sterling was killed in an officer-involved shooting.
News 25’s Kendra Turley describes how one Baton Rouge organization plans to help move the city forward after such a tragic event.
“Where do we go from here?” The question many Baton Rouge residents are asking after the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling reaches its one week anniversary. Triple S Mart store owner Abdullah Muflahi said, “Everybody loved him. Everybody had respect for him. He really loved everybody and respected everybody and tried to help as much as he could.”
Nearly 300 people came together to express their personal emotions on the many incidents that took place over the past week in light of the shooting, from the actual death of Alton Sterling to the hundreds of people arrested for protesting in his honor. Elizabeth Whitley with Together Baton Rouge said, “Those children put together very clear and succinct solutions to the terrible problem that exist here in Baton Rouge.”
Anrea Williams with Together Baton Rouge said, “We’re human beings with hearts, with minds, with dreams. Instead of looking at them as angry people, we should look at them and say ‘why is their heart so troubled?’”
The faith and community based coalition Together Baton Rouge organized a luncheon as a way to help move the city forward. Patti Snyder with Together Baton Rouge said, “We know that we do not know everything, but we do have a good process of pulling people together so that we can actually communicate and use the resources that our city has.”
The crowd was a mixture of concerned Baton Rouge citizens and faith and community leaders. A minister from Dallas, Texas delivered words of encouragement and hope for the future as people all across the country continue to mourn victims of recent shootings. Edgar Cage with Together Baton Rouge said, “We don’t want to go back to the way things were before the incident. We want to make a difference where that there is a change in place after this incident where we don’t have to go through this again.”
Alton Sterling’s funeral will take place Friday morning on Southern University’s campus.