NavyJack – The Main Stream Media and President Obama Strike Again: Alton Sterling and the Baton Rouge Unrest
“This was not the first time that Mr. Sterling was in possession of an illegal weapon, refused to admit he had the gun and had to be wrestled to the ground in order for police to disarm him. Mr. Sterling served a lengthy prison sentence for the previous incident.”
Let me state right up-front, I am NOT defending the officers’ actions in the shooting death of Mr. Alton Sterling. I am confident that due-process will achieve a reasonable outcome. The Main Stream Media (MSM) has promoted a narrative that Mr. Sterling was murdered by police. These narratives, coupled with two videos that have reached millions of views are a primary source of the protests and violence against police officers both in Baton Rouge and nationally. The MSM coverage of the case avoids providing any details associated with Mr. Sterling’s criminal history; a history that police officers responding to the scene would most certainly have had access to. Some recent articles include statements like:
“The individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children who depended upon their daddy on a daily basis. … As this video has been shared across the world, you will see with your own eyes how he was handled unjustly and killed without regard for the lives that he helped raise,”
“Alton was a respected man. He was beloved in the community. He did not deserve the treatment and this excessive force that was exerted on him by the police department,”
State Rep. Ted James also called the shooting a “murder,” saying in a statement that it “has made me question what it really means to be land of the free and home of the brave.”
Mike McClanahan, president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, said the officers should be arrested and that both Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and Mayor Kip Holden need to step down. “This is a new day,” McClanahan said. “We will not have anybody who allows this type of action to take place.”
President Obama weighed in early with the following statements that certainly did not ease the tension:
“All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana … We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss.”
“Although I am constrained in commenting on the particular facts of these cases, I am encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation in Baton Rouge, and I have full confidence in their professionalism and their ability to conduct a thoughtful, thorough, and fair inquiry.”
“But regardless of the outcome of such investigations, what’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.”
“To admit we’ve got a serious problem in no way contradicts our respect and appreciation for the vast majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day. It is to say that, as a nation, we can and must do better to institute the best practices that reduce the appearance or reality of racial bias in law enforcement.”
With these types of statements from the President and this type of MSM reporting, it is easy to understand the outrage of the Black Lives Matter community and the protests that followed. What is missing or buried in these reports is that Baton Rouge Police were responding to a call from a local resident that reported that Mr. Sterling was acting threatening with a gun. What is also missing or buried in the MSM reports is that this was not the first time that Mr. Sterling was in possession of an illegal weapon, refused to admit he had the gun and had to be wrestled to the ground in order for police to disarm him. Mr. Sterling served a lengthy prison sentence for the previous incident.
Please review the following report from Baton Rouge CBS affiliate (WAFB):
The 9News Investigators obtained a police report that details a previous arrest of Alton Sterling that is eerily similar to the incident that ultimately led to his death. Sterling, 37, was recently killed in a shooting involving two Baton Rouge police officers on July 5.
Sources close to the investigation said that if the killing of Sterling makes it to trial, Sterling’s past record could certainly be introduced. It turns out Sterling has struggled with police in the past. Documents show, in May 2009, Sterling fought with cops outside of a convenience store on Rosenwald Road, where he was selling CDs, while carrying a gun.
In the report dated May 29, 2009, the officer said he was dispatched to a convenience store after getting a complaint about a subject “on the corner selling CDs” and that the subject had pulled a gun on someone. According to the officer’s report, when he arrived to the store, he spotted the suspect, who he later identified as Alton Sterling, carrying a crate of CDs. The officer asked Sterling to put his hand on the hood of his police car and asked if Sterling had any weapons on him. The report says Sterling did “not answer” and as the officer continued to pat him down, Sterling started reaching for his pocket. The officer went on to say in the report that Sterling suddenly spun around and the two began to struggle. The officer and Sterling hit the ground. The officer said he was able to call for backup as Sterling tried to push him off.
“While wrestling with this subject on the ground a black semi auto hand gun fell from this subject waist band at this time,” the report states.
A deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrived as the officer was on the ground with Sterling. The two eventually were able to get Sterling into handcuffs. The report ends saying that “Sterling was then escorted to my unit where he continued to fight with officers.”
For the 2009 fight with officers while having a gun, Baton Rouge Police charged Sterling with possession of marijuana, sound reproduction prohibited (for the CDs), illegal possession of a firearm with drugs, resisting an officer and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Sterling pleaded guilty to illegal carrying of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance. On July 19, 2011, he was sentenced to five years in prison, which he served until making parole on Dec. 5, 2013.
It is clear that the statements from President Obama and the MSM treatment of the Alton Sterling incident bear significant similarities to what we experienced with the Mike Brown “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” false narrative, Freddie Gray and the Baltimore riots of 2015, and the Falcon Heights, MN death of Philando Castile. Please see my earlier article titled “When the Obama Administration and the Government Controlled Media Lie, People Die” for more information.