Store Owner Files Lawsuit Against Baton Rouge Police Department

The owner of the convenience store where Alton Sterling was fatally shot by a police officer has filed a lawsuit against Baton Rouge police.
News 25’s Kendra Turley caught up with the store owner this afternoon in Baton Rouge and brings us the latest in the lawsuit.
Store owner Abdullah Muflahi said, “One of the cops that was involved with the shooting grabbed me and pushed me toward another officer that had come after they called for backup and told him to put me in the back of the car.”
This was Muhflahi’s experience with Baton Rouge police just moments after 37-year-old Alton Sterling was fatally shot in front of the Triple S Mart on North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge. “Not getting much of the A.C. It was very hot. It made me feel like I was a criminal, like was the one who shot him.”
According to Muflahi, police took his entire store security system without a warrant and denied his request to contact his family or attorney while he was in custody the night of the shooting.
Upset with the way authorities handled the situation, Muflahi took action and filed a lawsuit against the officers involved and BRPD leadership. Attorney Joel Porter said, “We will not tolerate this type of behavior by law enforcement who are supposed to be enforcing the law, not violating the law.”
Muflahi has owned the Triple S Mart for over two years. Over the past week, his business has transformed into a memorial. The fatal shooting of Alton Sterling has not only attracted a consistent crowd of Baton Rouge citizens, but a consistent crowd of people from all over the country, traveling miles and miles to protest for justice.
Malik Muhammad traveled from Houston to protest. He said, “The people are going to do whatever they have to do to ensure that they have peace and they’re entitled to that.”
Baton Rouge youth and administrators prayed for peace and understanding during a prayer vigil on Louisiana State University’s campus.
With protests and prayer covering the city of Baton Rouge, residents tell News 25 they hope these acts of unity put an end to recent violence and contribute towards justice for Alton Sterling.
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