We are in Loss as a people, we are in need of support and unity…but it must come from within us!
Do you remember _______________? The complete list with names of those killed unjustified and by those sworn to protect is unknown…
Those who are to protect and serve are not and our children and families are being targeted. Not only targeted, but lead and punished wrongfully by those in corruption.
It’s happening right in front of you, what will you do?
How do you combat corruptions?
How do you address and hold accountable those NOT protecting but yet sacrificing and killing innocent people?
Only by understanding and knowing the rights, how to change laws, and holding those accountable will change occur.
How are you changing the narrative?
What city hall meetings have you attended, how many school board meetings, how many city council meetings?
When was the last time you researched your rights as a citizen in your city, state, this nation….you probably haven’t and yet scream you want justice…first ask yourself, are you doing your part?
I have been writing this article for over a month. What I have seen is fear and the lack of unity. How do we change this?
Are we going to wait until it is close to home?
Are we going to step up and out of our own fear and comfort zones to educate the next?
I ask, what are you doing personally to affect the change you wish to see?
The Police Chief in Baton Rouge apologized to the family, noting this officer should have never been hired…how many more are there? How many sit on the force in their cities and create havoc and are never brought to justice? How many are being protected by the corruptness that we have all come to know?
Today I am introducing you to Ms. Sharida Sterling, cousin of Mr. Alton Sterling, the man killed outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge Lousiana in 2016 by police officer Blane Salamoni. Sharida is from Baton Rouge Louisiana and has had her own share of experiences with the law. As I spoke to her I was also totally disgusted to hear that other women were mishandled and abused by those who wear the badge to serve and protect. This isn’t isolated to Baton Rouge, this has been exposed in many states accross America!
Alton Sterling was murdered by police in front of a convenience store shortly after our Nations holiday in 2016… Where is the FREEDOM?
I asked Sherida specific questions as the goal is to change the narrative and get the truth and the unfiltered facts to the people who wish to know. The news is often modified to fit a narrative, here we change that!
I asked, “What would you like to share about Alton Sterling that we should know?”
Alton is more than a number. He is not just another Black Man killed by the police. Alton was my protector, he was the person that call me every holiday and request a whole sweet potato pie. He was my one call that’s all best friend. The police didn’t just kill Alton they killed apart of me as well. His twins will never get to experience his one of a kind laugh and amazingly funny sense of humor. Alton was murdered on camera with witnesses and his death was proclaimed as probable cause, justifiable. Alton comes to me in my dreams, it’s the same dream every time. He is sitting on a sofa and there’s a grey Jeep pulling up outside. Both of us walks outside and it is the police. I ask him, “why are they (the police) here.” He responds the exact same way every dream. “Because they killed me for no reason and this is their way of apologizing by giving me a vehicle.”
Alton has no clue why he was killed. A dog wouldn’t have never viciously attacked another dog and killed him like the police killed Alton. Once the dog would have had his opponent pinned down with full control and the dog not resisting. Then the aggressor (the dog) would have backed up and walked away. A animal have more respect for its own kind than the police had for Alton.
I’ll always wonder if that was a black police officer that killed a white man in the same manor Alton was killed, would the outcome be the same (JUSTAFIABLE KILL)?
Alton was loved by so many. He had a rough childhood, losing his mother at a young age 10. I will never forget how he started selling CD’s. I was so against it. He was working at Waffle House off College Dr, catching the city bus to and from work. He seen a guy selling CD’s and asked the guy how did he get the music on the CD. He came home excited telling us about his idea to work for hisself. My first thought was, “boy you crazy you don’t have a car how in the world this gone work.” Fast Forward, he caught the bus and came home with all of his equipment. He asked me what kind of music woman like. Alton went out to our corner store in Scotlandville and started selling CD’s. He worked hard enough to buy a vehicle and get him a trailer. He worked long hours and hard to get the basic essentials of life. I miss him, his last words to me was “I LOVE YOU LIKE A FAT KID LOVE CAKE.”
What laws do you feel need to be changed to stop unnecessary loss of life?
“I feel police officer are trained to kill first and ask questions later. First rule is to protect life…why isn’t that being followed?”
How have you been dealing with the loss and the grief process?
I’m not my normal self. I live with only seeking justice in my heart. I hurt for him. I don’t trust the system, so I deal with the grief alone. Replaying and analyzing the whole situation over and over in my head. Not understanding how is it legal for a police officer to murder a citizen on camera with witnesses. Who do you turn to for help when those paid to protect and serve aren’t?
Do you feel anxiety or fear when interacting with the police? If no, explain. If yes, explain?
MY ANXIETY is at a all time high whenever I’m behind the wheel of a vehicle. I can’t look at what’s ahead of me for watching my back, especially for those who are police. Its literally the opposite of how I should feel.
Have you lost trust in the system that is supposed to protect us?
Yes, I most definitely have without the shadow of a doubt. The system is not and was not designed to help people but to detach and destroy. The system failed Alton. The system caused more fear in many than security of protection. When I say fear I mean fear if I get pulled over as a black woman with the last name Sterling. Will I be killed for reaching over getting the proper documentation the police request. Even if I’m at a gas station filled with people and cameras will not protect my innocence. I fear the police
How are you affected daily by the loss of Alton?
I LIVE IN FEAR. I’m on so many different medications for anxiety and also to sleep.
Tell us anything else you want to be shared?
How is it so many highly professional (FBI, Distric Attorney, Attorney General, Mayor, Chief of police) can look at the same video the world seen and consider it A JUSTIFIABLE KILL. From the beginning to the end of the video Alton never resisted arrest. The struggle insued due to the officer being overly aggressive from the moment he pulled up and stepped feet on the ground.
In what ways has this Experience personally changed you?
I’ll never be the same mentally. My mind can’t understand how my cousin was murdered and nothing was done about it. My heart is not settled. It won’t be at ease until Alton get the justice he deserves.