Hollywood Reacts to Police Killing of Alton Sterling: "Something Is Horribly Wrong"

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Alton Sterling

"That's murder."

Numerous celebrities are sharing their disgust and angst over the death of Alton Sterling, a black man fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday. 

Amateur video of the shooting went viral online Tuesday night, sparking peaceful protests in Baton Rouge and a renewed outrage about police brutality. At first, it was reported Sterling was unarmed, but at a later media conference Wednesday, the Baton Rouge police chief said Sterling had a weapon. 

On Wednesday morning, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division will spearhead the investigation. The officers involved in the shooting are on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The amateur video shows the 37-year-old Sterling pinned down by two officers when multiple shots are fired. Authorities say Sterling died of gunshot wounds to his chest and back. 

Hollywood was quick to condemn the shooting and invoke the Black Lives Matter movement as #AltonSterling began to trend on Twitter Tuesday night.

Celebrities from Katy Perry and Mark Ruffalo to Taraji P. Henson and Jesse Williams took to social media to decry the tragic event. On Wednesday afternoon, Jon Cryer helped to circulate a Go Fund Me link now accepting donations for Sterling's family. 

See the reactions below. 

 

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