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Group asks public to boycott some Baton Rouge businesses

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A group gathered Friday morning to ask the public to boycott some businesses in Baton Rouge in the wake of the Alton Sterling shooting.

The group calls themselves The Baton Rouge Justice Or Else Coalition and is made up of several groups. During a press conference held at Triple S Food Mart on North Foster Drive, the group said money might get attention, asking for people to boycott the Mall of Louisiana, Mall at Cortana, Walmart and Albertsons for the next three days. 

"It's not about the ballot, it's not about the vote, it's about the dollar. I believe that if we touch them where it hurts the most, if we get there attention where it hurts the most, we want to hurt their dollar, we want to hurt their pocket," said Rev. Reginald Pitcher.

The group said that economic boycotts have been used for decades in the civil right struggle. 

When asked about why for businesses that employ a young black men like Walmart, Byron Sharper said "you just heard Reverend Pitcher say we all have to make a sacrifice. In order for us to get justice some of us are going to have to be uncomfortable. We are going to have to make a sacrifice, I think we all going to have to make a sacrifice because in order for us to get people's attention we all know that the dollar is power." 

RELATED: Community planned events related to death of Alton Sterling 

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