Newly released information shows that Alton Sterling, the Baton Rouge man who was killed by police officers on July 5, had been arrested and imprisoned for a similar incident in 2009.
Police records obtained by WAFB News show that on May 29, 2009 police were called to a convenience store where Sterling was selling pirated CDs and had pulled a gun on someone.
While the officer was patting him down, Sterling reached into his pocket and spun around. As the two struggled, the gun fell out of his pocket. Backup was called, and Sterling continued struggling and fighting the officers even after they got him in handcuffs.
On July 19, 2011, he was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released early on December 5, 2013.
WAFB News stated they looked into his past – which includes a lengthy criminal record, because if the officer who shot him goes to trial, Sterling’s past will be considered.
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