When a white cop shot an unarmed black man in Detroit, his supporters took to social media to express their anger
DETROIT — It was a tense moment in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but for some protesters, it was an opportunity to vent their anger.
The shooting death of Alton Sterling by a white police officer on July 5 had ignited a national debate about race relations and race relations in America.
In Washington, protesters gathered in front of the Capitol to demonstrate against racism and police brutality, and they demanded an independent investigation into the shooting.
As the demonstration unfolded, a small group of white men, who were in the Capitol Rotunda, walked up to Sterling’s car and shot him.
“It was a little bit surreal, but it’s part of the job,” said Richard Gebhart, a retired Michigan state trooper who has lived in Washington for 20 years.
A group of protesters gathered outside the Capitol, with a banner reading “No justice, no peace.”
A video posted to social news service Twitter showed one man, who identified himself as a “protester from the streets of Detroit,” telling protesters to get off his lawn.
“Go home, and you better not be trying to incite violence,” the man said.
Gebhart said he did not understand why protesters were not protesting in the city’s downtown.
“It’s a different place in Detroit,” he said.
“The majority of people in Detroit live there, they live there and they’re not violent.
The protests have been relatively peaceful, but a few people got in trouble, he said, adding that police officers were not always in the streets to help.
Earlier Tuesday, protesters set fire to the front of a police cruiser, a car in which Sterling was killed.
Sterling was a 41-year-old father of two and a veteran of the National Guard who was shot by a Detroit police officer while walking down the street with his girlfriend, who was wearing a helmet and holding a toy rifle.
Authorities said Sterling was armed with a BB gun and that he pointed it at officers when they responded to a 911 call about a robbery in the 1100 block of West 23rd Street.
Sterling was shot in the leg by one officer, who had his gun drawn, according to the criminal complaint against Sterling.
On Tuesday, police in riot gear responded to the scene and took Sterling into custody.
The police report said he was shot four times, and one bullet entered his hip.
He added that Sterling was handcuffed and placed in a vehicle while being taken to a hospital. “
The officers’ response was warranted and the officers had no other choice than to use lethal force to terminate this threat,” Craig said.
He added that Sterling was handcuffed and placed in a vehicle while being taken to a hospital.
Police officers on Tuesday released a statement saying they did not believe Sterling was a threat.
An autopsy on Sterling was not scheduled for Thursday, but the department said it would release the results of the investigation.
Last week, the Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation into how the police handled Sterling’s death, which was ruled a homicide.
The Justice Department said in a statement that the investigation found “that Detroit police officers used excessive force and in some instances, violated the constitutional rights of Mr. Sterling.”
Sterseth’s death prompted protests and a call for an independent inquiry.
One of the largest demonstrations since the civil rights movement of the 1960s occurred in Dallas on July 7.
In that city, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators.
Black people in the United States have experienced a wave of police brutality since the 1960, when the Brown v.
Board of Education decision ended segregation in public schools.
In the past three decades, the number of black people killed by police has quadrupled, according the Police Executive Research Forum, an independent think tank.