Alton Sterling Killed in Baton Rouge: Jesse Williams, Amy Schumer, Zendaya, Chuck D React

Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police on Tuesday, July 5, and video of his death has sparked a wide-reaching reaction online.

The 37-year-old was selling homemade CDs and DVDs outside a store in the early hours of Tuesday morning when police arrived on the scene, responding to an anonymous 911 call about a man in a red shirt threatening people with a gun, authorities told the Associated Press.

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The store’s owner, Abdul Muflahi, later told WAFB TV that two officers showed up, and an altercation broke out between them and Sterling. According to him, the first officer used a stun gun on Sterling and the second officer tackled him to the ground. As Sterling tried to get the second officer off him, the first officer fired “four to six” shots,” killing him instantly.

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Arthur Baines signs ‘RIP Big Dogg’ on a folding table that Alton Sterling used to sell homemade music CDs on outside the convenience store in in Baton Rouge, LA, on July 6, 2016. AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman

A video shot by a community activist has since circulated online. In the clip, one officer can be heard yelling, “Get on the ground! Get on the ground!” The camera cuts away just as gunshots are heard and the onlooker can be heard saying, “They shot him!”

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The officers involved are now on administrative leave, according to the Associated Press.

Baton Rouge Police Lt. Johnny Dunham told reporters Wednesday that the police had a body camera that captured video from the incident, but “that footage may not be as good as we hoped for.”

“During the altercation, the body cameras did become dislodged, but they did stay on and active and recording at this time,” Dunham said.

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Angry protesters immediately called for Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. to step down, but Dabadie urged residents not to fight violence with violence.

“I don’t plan on resigning,” he said, adding that his department has turned the investigation of the incident over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI. “We have done a lot of good in this community. We have worked very hard in this community. Do we have an issue right now? Yes. But we are working right now to bring the truth out.”

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Amy Schumer, Zendaya and Chuck D Brendon Thorne/Getty Images; Kevin Tachman/Getty Images; Vincent Sandoval/

Celebrities such as Amy Schumer, Zendaya, Jesse Williams and Chuck D took to social media to demand justice and visibility for the killing. See what they said:

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