BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There has been a large social media reaction to the officer-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling, 37.
Sterling's name quickly became the number one trending topic on Facebook and Twitter Wednesday. 1.4 million tweets with the hashtag, #AltonSterling, have been seen in the last 24 hours.
Celebrities and athletes such as Patricia Arquette, Justin Timberlake, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Richter, Russel Simmons, Jordin Sparks, Amy Schumer, Christina Perri, and MC Hammer all sent out their support and condolences.
In the wake of Sterling's death, many local and national leaders and groups have released statements in response to the incident, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
F. King Alexander, LSU president, released this statement:
State Representative candidate, Jordan W. Turner, wrote the following statement to Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie:
Louisiana Progress Action, a group that works towards progressive movement in the state, said:
MomsRising, a group of mothers taking on critical issues, said:
Caroline Fayard, a U.S. Senate candidate, said:
Dr. Joseph Bouie Jr., the chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, had this to say:
Josh Pellerin, a U.S. Senate candidate, said:
Marjorie Esman, the director of the Louisiana ACLU, made the following statement:
United States Attorney Walt Green announced the following:
Foster Campbell, another U.S. Senate candidate, had this to say:
19th Judicial District Attorney Hillar C. Moore said:
U.S. Congressman Cedric L. Richmond made the following statement:
Senator Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana State Democratic Party, released this statement:
Equality Louisiana had this to say:
Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado said the following: