BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) – Several events took place in Baton Rouge Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alton Sterling.Hostile protests resulted in the arrests of several demonstrators at the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters.
Hostile protests resulted in the arrests of several demonstrators at the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters.
Later that evening though, peace prevailed at a memorial service and as a small crowd revisited the Triple-S Food Mart, the location where Sterling was killed.
Alton Sterling’s aunt, Veda Sterling—Abusalah, said: “We appreciate the food that you send us, the flowers, and especially the prayers. Today makes 365 days and the Sterling family still has no justice.”
Although protests were scheduled for Thursday, the scene at the store was quiet, except for the occasional customer.
Gerald Rose of the New Order National Human Rights Organization traveled to the Capital City from Georgia seeking answers.
“We don’t get [any] justice when it comes down to this. I’m not surprised, everything I hear today I’m not surprised. But, us as a people, we have to organize and unite, like what they did back in the 50s and 60s and shut in this country down economic-wise, then they will listen!” Rose said.
Uniting is exactly what the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge did following the shooting which took place just across the street from their headquarters.
“We thought it would be prudent for us to provide some water, Port –A-Potty’s, those type of conveniences for the folks that do come out. It’s just the neighborly thing to do, to support and do things to help the neighborhood, 100 Black Men President Fred Sibley explained.
Although things have been peaceful, the Baton Rouge Police Department isn’t letting their guard down.
Some protesters who lived in the area said they are not trying to “burn the city down” because they have to live there; all that want are answers.