NONE OF THE BELOW CHANGES THE FACT THAT IT LOOKS LIKE STERLING WAS MURDERED.
HOWEVER, IT DOES APPEAR THAT STERLING WAS A STATUTORY RAPIST.
AND THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE AS WELL.
Sterling’s offense is described as committing “carnal knowledge of a juvenile.” He was convicted on Sept. 20, 2000 in Louisiana and released on October 3, 2004.
Court records show the victim was a 14-year-old girl at the time of the offenses. According to the charging document on file in the courthouse, the victim’s mother had discovered that she was pregnant after taking her to the doctor. The document says that Sterling, then 20, had been dating the victim for about seven months and having sexual intercourse with her in her bedroom. The charging document says he admitted to the mother having sex with her daughter and exhibited an “I don’t care” attitude.
Alton Sterling may not be Jerry Sandusky but black men who beat and/or abuse black women aren't going to get but so much sympathy from me. But a cop murder is a cop murder is a cop murder. A person can be an offender and a victim at the same time and Alton Sterling might be one of those that was recently both OR was both a while ago. We'll see about who he was as the story develops.
But for now, I'm pretty focused on why he was shot while lying down, at least one witness saying the gun he owned was not in his hand.
Even if I decide Alton Sterling is not worth much of my sympathy directly, that I'll reserve that for his family, that doesn't mean black people in Louisiana will be safer if the two white presenting cops that shot him walk around free sans any punishment.
Even if I felt like I SHOULD stand up against white police brutality, if I couldn't do it because I'd been battered or raped, then I wouldn't do it. You have to do what you are strong enough to do and no more.
Black men KNOW how to put themselves first. Black women need to learn how to do the same thing. Thank goodness there are black men who truly SEE us as as equals to be concerned about.