Alton Sterling is the latest case of police brutality this year and everyone is fed up, including the Hip-Hop community. Artists like Drake and Beyonce are now speaking out, utilizing their voices and platforms to relay powerful messages.
Baton Rogue native Alton Sterling, 37, was selling CDs outside of a grocery store when a homeless man began persistently asking Sterling for money. Sterling refused to give the man any money. After the interaction, the homeless man proceeded to call 911.
The violent clip has been spread widely on social media showing the encounter with Sterling and two police officers. In the video, which we have chosen not to share, shows two men dressed in uniform on top of Sterling before proceeding to shoot him six times with bullets.
A Country Reacts
Sterling’s death comes after Hip-Hop artists have rallied around the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamar Rice, Samuel Debose and others killed by police officers without proper protocol. Rappers such as The Game, Meek Mill, Chuck D and Tyga- in addition to millions of Americans- have taken their opinions to social media.
RIP #AltonSterling too disturbing to accept. Taking life away like it's not something we all equally deserve! God protect us all!
— Big Sean (@BigSean) July 7, 2016
Just imagine what the police report said before they knew This was recorded… What a coincidence they saying the body cams did not work, it's sad! I was found guilty of pointing a gun at the 2 strike force officers in the middle of a full blown raid…. They came at least 7 cops at one time and not a single shot fired! This was b4 cameras was available… I take these situations serious when I see so many of my people losing their lives and freedom to the people they say are suppose to protect us!i got 16 years of probation for being lied on and back and forth to jail under strict supervision has made my life a living hell dealing with the system! Just imagine the people that don't have a voice! Something has to happen soon …. It can't just be social media post and conversations when they continue to destroy us like this! #imreadytostandup
Drake took to his Instagram, @champagnepapi, to express concern and one of the most poignant quotes we’ve found on the Alton Sterling shooting.
“No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues,” penned Drake in his emotional open letter. This is the 122nd shooting of a black man by a police officer or officers since the beginning of 2016.
IF anything THIS proves why the term #BlackLivesMatter is the CRYOUT to the rest of the Planet Earth from this United States Of America.
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 6, 2016