News 3’s Top Trends: July 6

Louisiana protesters gather after police officers shoot and kill a man, there will be no charges for an Illinois man who burned an American flag in viral photos, and a couple is being charged for taking a food fight too far.

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#AltonSterling: Louisiana protesters gather after police officer fatally shoots man


Protests escalate at the scene where a man was fatally shot by a police officer outside a Baton Rouge convenience store early Tuesday. Cell phone video of the apparent struggle shows officers on top of the man before gunshots are heard.

An autopsy shows 37-year-old Alton Sterling died Tuesday of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back.

Police say officers responded to the store at about 12:35 a.m. after an anonymous caller said a man selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun.

The police statement posted to Facebook says two officers responded and had some type of altercation with the man in the parking lot.

Store owner Abdul Muflahi says the first officer used a Taser on Sterling and the second officer tackled him. Muflahi says as Sterling fought to get the officer off him, the first officer shot him “four to six times.”

He adds that he never saw Sterling with a gun but saw officers remove one from his pocket after the shooting.

The two officers involved have been put on administrative leave.


No charges for man who burned American flag in viral photos


The Illinois state’s attorney says a man did not commit a crime after photos of himself burning an American flag went viral and led to his arrest. bryan_mellott

Police say 22 year-old Bryton Mellott was arrested Monday for disorderly conduct and violating the state’s flag desecration law. They say they put him behind bars because he and his coworkers started getting death threats over the photo which was shared thousands of times before being taken down.

Mellott’s post was captioned with his reasons why he claims he is not proud to be an American.

“In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women, and against my own queer community on a daily,” Mellott wrote.

Local police released a statement on Monday that says the department was receiving so many calls complaining about the post and “specificity [threatening] against his [Mellott’s] place of employment (a location where an act of violence would likely cause harm to others), prompted police involvement in this case.”

After Mellott was arrested, he was released and he received a notice to appear in court.

Police arrest couple for assaulting each other with pizza rolls

Samantha Brooke Canipe, 21, and Brad Scott Beard, 24, both of Gastonia, North Carolina.
Samantha Brooke Canipe, 21, and Brad Scott Beard, 24, both of Gastonia, North Carolina.

A North Carolina couple faces charges after police say they two assaulted each other with pizza rolls.

24-year-old Brad Scott Beard and 21-year-old Samantha Brooke Canipe were each charged on Monday with one count of misdemeanor simple assault.

The suspects allegedly got into a fight at their Gastonia apartment and started throwing pizza rolls at each other. Police cannot confirm at this time the reason for the fight or why the couple chose pizza rolls.

Police say Beard faces 60 days in jail and Canipe faces 30 days in jail.

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