Hollywood Reacts to Police Killing of Alton Sterling: "Something Is Horribly Wrong"
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.
I am literally sick to my stomach watching the video of the #AltonSterling takedown.— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) July 6, 2016
#AltonSterling. Say his name.— Samira Wiley (@samirawiley) July 6, 2016
Love to Louisiana #AltonSterling— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 6, 2016
That's murder. #AltonSterling— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) July 6, 2016
1) In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks!— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 6, 2016
#AltonSterling— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) July 6, 2016
Please. No more. This must stop.
So to you petition signers, y'all on "Hmmm well maybe Jesse had a point"? status yet or still nah? #AltonSterling— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) July 6, 2016
#AltonSterling RIP... When will it stop?— Wesley Snipes (@wesleysnipes) July 6, 2016
This is real. We must come to terms with it. Any parent can understand the depth of this grief. https://t.co/2E6MK9gpPN— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 6, 2016
This is so disturbing and wrong. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of #AltonSterling— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) July 6, 2016
My Heart is broken, thoughts and prayers to #AltonSterling and his family. When is enough, enough ?— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) July 6, 2016
How many more murders of black people by police before we hold our system and those that enforce… https://t.co/qMZ1F7cEC1— Macklemore (@macklemore) July 6, 2016
Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Alton Sterling.— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) July 7, 2016
He had a right to sell CDs, and a right to due process, but he he was shot for being a black man. Don't rationalize murder. #AltonSterling— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) July 6, 2016
Alton Sterling https://t.co/60yQnwT2T4— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 7, 2016