Drake Pens Open Letter Following Alton Sterling Murder Footage

'This is real and I'm concerned.'

07/07/2016 1:50 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:56 PM AEST
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"I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something."

Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was fatally shot by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday.

His death has sparked outrage across the United States as graphic footage, which was filmed close to the incident, appears to show two officers pinning Sterling, who wasn't holding a gun to the ground, before several rounds are fired at him.

On Thursday morning Canadian rapper Drake posted to Instagram expressing his deep concern over the shooting and also, the cycle of violence that still exists in the U.S. between the "black and brown" communities and law enforcement.

"I am grateful to be able to call America my second home. Last night when I saw the video of Alton Sterling being killed it left me feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared."

"I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something," Drake wrote.

Read the full post below.


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The Daily Beast first published the disturbing video, which it obtained from Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the convenience store where the shooting took place.

Since then, Jezebel reports a Go Fund Me was set up by actor and writer Issa Rae to support Alton Sterling's five children which has raised over US$200,000.

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