The Latest: Stream of mourners pay respect to Alton Sterling

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The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge police officers (all times local):

9:25 a.m.

A stream of mourners is paying their respects to Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man who was fatally shot by Baton Rouge police on July 5.

Sterling's death was recorded on cellphone video and shared across the internet. Sterling's death and a fatal police shooting in Minnesota helped fuel recent nationwide protests. Sterling was selling CDs outside a convenience store when two white officers pinned him to the pavement and he was fatally shot. Police said he had a gun.

Sterling's body lay in an open casket Friday inside the basketball arena at Southern University, a historically black college in north Baton Rouge. A funeral was to take place later in the morning.

Claire Carter was among those who came to pay respect. She, like so many others, says she wants aggressive policing to end.

She said the encounter Sterling had with police "went too far" as police tackled him and used a stun gun on him. Officers were responding to an anonymous call that he had threatened someone with a gun.

Carter said she bought a rhythm and blues CD from Sterling about a year ago and took it out and played it again after his death.


9:10 a.m.

A Baton Rouge man accused of stealing guns from a pawn shop told investigators he was motivated by money, despite claims that an alleged accomplice said they stole firearms to shoot police officers.

Twenty-year-old Malik Bridgewater is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court on Friday. Police arrested Bridgewater and two other suspects following a burglary last weekend at a pawn shop where eight handguns were stolen.

A court filing Thursday says Bridgewater told investigators his motivation for the burglary was to sell stolen items.

But state and local law-enforcement authorities said the stolen guns were part of a credible threat to harm police officers.

The arrests came amid heightened tensions in Baton Rouge following a black man's fatal shooting during a struggle with two white police officers.


3:15 a.m.

Family and friends of a black man shot and killed by two white police officers in Louisiana are gathering to honor him.

Funeral services are being held Friday for 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who died July 5 outside a Baton Rouge convenience store during an altercation with the officers.

Captured on video recordings, Sterling's death sparked outrage among many in the African-American community about the treatment of black people by police. His death prompted protests and heightened tensions in the U.S. along with last week's deadly police shooting of a black man in Minnesota and the killing of five police officers in Dallas.

A public viewing is set to begin at 8 a.m. CDT at Southern University in Baton Rouge followed by a funeral.