On Wednesday’s Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore reacted to the shooting death of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this week. Police confronted Sterling for selling CDs outside a convenient store, and shot him as they had him pinned down.
Allegedly, police body cams fell off during the altercation, but bystanders captured the shooting on cell phone videos.
“Thank God for f—king cellphones,” Wilmore said. “Because we would never even hear about incidents like this otherwise. In fact, part of what makes people in the black community so enraged about this is for years, we never had evidence for these things.”
“What really gets me is that whenever this happens, there’s always an immediate takedown of the dead man’s character,” Wilmore said, cueing up videos of pundits saying Sterling had a record.
“So he had a criminal record,” admitted Wilmore. “Martha Stewart has a criminal record. I don’t remember her being executed in a convenience store parking lot.”
“No matter what his crimes were, Alton Sterling did not deserve to be executed for them. Look guys, the punishment for resisting arrest shouldn’t be death. The punishment for selling bootleg CDs shouldn’t be death. The punishment for having a gun in an open-carry state shouldn’t be death. The punishment for being a black man shouldn’t be death.”