As everyone tries to grapple with the tragic shooting of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed during a confrontation with police officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday (July 6), questions are being raised about the accountability of police when it comes to shooting unarmed black men.
Sterling, a 37-year old father of five, was fatally shot by Baton Rouge police outside a convenience store in an incident that was caught on a cellphone video.
In the footage, Sterling appears to be shot by an officer as he is pinned to the ground.According to NBC News, the Baton Rouge Police Department said uniformed officers responded to a call early Tuesday about a black male in a red shirt who was selling CDs and had reportedly threatened the caller with a gun. Officers saw Sterling in the parking lot of the Triple S Food Mart when an altercation ensued, according to police statement.
On Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning radio program, Peter Rosenberg went off on a police officer who appeared to be defending the cops who shot and killed Alton Sterling.
During a 15-minute diatribe about the shooting, a person claiming to be in law enforcement called the show to offer his take on why police officer had to use excessive force against unarmed suspect.
At one point, it appeared the caller was trying to justify the shooting of Sterling, to which Rosenberg had enough and went ballistic.
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) July 6, 2016
Fans who listened to or watched the heated exchange (see above), praised Rosenberg for speaking out on police misconduct.
“Peter Rosenberg better preach! The police need to take responsibility for this evilness!” tweeted one fan.
Another supporter commented, “Shoutout to @HOT97 and Peter Rosenberg for speaking the truth on these police officers and these incidents that’s been going on lately smh.”
Check out the fans’ reaction to Peter Rosenberg’s commentary below.
One time for Peter Rosenberg and what he had to say about today's events!
— Wayno (@Wayno119) July 6, 2016
Generally don't like Peter Rosenberg, but he was right about the cops today
— Czar Pharaoh Khan (@3CarryOnItems) July 6, 2016
theshaderoom's video https://t.co/YMmcATC3uh < Peter Rosenberg better preach! The police need to take responsibility for this evilness!
— Just Rae✨ (@ThatsNotRae) July 6, 2016
Peter Rosenberg ain't here for the BS.
— Marie, Shae ✨ (@thuggababe_) July 6, 2016
I don’t think any reasonable person would disagree with Rosenberg here https://t.co/j4tufnM5Tn
— Ryan (@ImRyan) July 6, 2016
Saw a clip of Peter Rosenberg going off at a police officer about Alton Sterling. He was right. Cops never want to say they killed someone.
— chantel. (@chantellyyy) July 6, 2016
Shoutout to @HOT97 and Peter Rosenberg for speaking the truth on these police officers and these incidents that's been going on lately smh
— Il Genio (@Coop_1) July 6, 2016
#PeterRosenberg just gained a lot of cool points with me and the whole African American race.
— ill Chamberlain (@hdtherapper) July 6, 2016
Peter Rosenberg went harder than a lot of these black rappers folks love so much.
— Lazer Gun Carrier (@branfire) July 6, 2016