The Copwatchers

Before two Baton Rouge police officers killed Alton Sterling in the early hours of July 5, 2016, with two shots fired from their service guns into his chest and back, he was a hustler. He scratched together something like $200 a day pushing copies of albums from local and national music acts. People called him the “CD Man.” “Sometimes I would go over there and just pop up on him,” says Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed, whose organization, Stop the Killing, Inc., creates anti-violence documentaries and DVDs using actual footage of street murders and police brutality shot in and around Baton Rouge. “And the first thing he would always say is, ‘Silk, I ain’t got your stuff out here!’”


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