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DOJ probes shooting of black man by Louisiana cops

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>> Hey, stop.>> Outrage in Baton Rouge a day after an armed black man was shot and killed by police. The Justice Department on Wednesday leading a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting as Louisiana's governor appealed for calm.>> I have full confidence that this matter will be investigated throughly, impartially and professionally.
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>> The incident began Tuesday night when officers were responding to a call that 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who was selling CDs, had a gun and was threatening the 911 caller. Cellphone video from a bystander circulating on social media shows two officers pinning down Sterling in a store parking lot in Baton Rouge.
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One of the cops then pulls a gun from his holster, pointing it at Sterling's chest. At least three gunshots ring out, followed by the sound of a woman screaming and crying, and a man asking whether they shot him.>> The officers involved in yesterday's events were Blaine Salamoni, a four-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department, and Howey Lake, and three-year veteran of Baton Rouge Police Department.
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Both officers had been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation.>> The Baton Rouge police chief, now fighting off calls to resign.>> I'm not resigning. I'm not retiring.>> Local media reporting that police confiscated the store's surveillance footage that the owner says would have clearly captured the violent death.
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The shooting comes at a time of fierce national debate and heightened security over the use of excessive force by police especially against black men in major US cities such as New York, Baltimore, and Chicago.