Store owner where Sterling died praises friend

Sterling, 37, was shot and killed on July 5 during a struggle with two white Baton Rouge police officers.

All across America, White police officers, along side some Latino and Asian police officers, have worked to protect white spaces by containing and controlling the rising African American population that disbursed and repositioned into various communities throughout the United States.

Friends and family paused in front of Alton Sterling's open coffin, which was adorned with musical notes and a smiling photo of the dead man.

Gary Chambers, master of ceremonies for the funeral, said at the beginning that the event was meant to be a celebration of Mr Sterling's life, not an opportunity for demonstrations about his death.

Alton Sterling was laid to rest at an emotional funeral service at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Two of President Barack Obama's senior officials-Roy Austin, deputy assistant to the president for urban affairs, and Stephanie Young, an Obama adviser-attended the funeral, The Associated Press reports. "Granted most cops are good, then good cops need to stand up and good cops need to say you bad cops that are giving us a bad name need to go where anywhere else goes who does bad goes".

Protests in Dallas ended with the shooting death of five officers and the wounding of seven others.

The Huffington Post also reported that Jackson said that a substitute for justice does not exist.

Earlier this week, Obama addressed Sterling's officer-involved shooting death during a memorial for the officers killed in Dallas.

Mr Sterling's death heightened tensions in Baton Rouge. Police said in a search warrant that officers saw the "butt of a gun" in Sterling's pocket during the arrest and that he tried to reach for it during the altercation.

Louisiana State Representative, Ted James tells News 10, "We've had several days of peaceful demonstrations here honoring his life and today's the day I think that we pause and reflect and really focus on giving him a good home going celebration".

Sterling's death, along with another fatal police shooting of a black man last week in Minnesota, sparked protests over law enforcement's treatment of minorities.

The owner of the convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot and killed says the black man was the "meaning of southern hospitality". The final suspect, a 12-year-old, was arrested on Friday. A pair of officers - Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni - responded. "He looked out for me", Muflahi said, at times stammering with emotion.

"You can protest, but I want everyone to protest the right way".

Authorities arrested about 200 people in Baton Rouge during the protests through last weekend, with demonstrators accusing the police of heavy-handed tactics.

Malik Bridgewater, 20, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court on Friday.

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