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Eyewitness cellphone videos show the deadly confrontation between Baton Rouge police officers and 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

Police were called to the Louisiana convenience store in the early morning hours on Tuesday after reports that a man outside the store selling CDs  -- who turned out to be Sterling -- had threatened somebody with a gun.

The video which ignited protests yesterday shows the two officers telling the suspect to get on the ground, before a scuffle breaks out. The officers can be seen throwing Sterling to the ground and pinning him down. Seconds later, the camera cuts away as gunshots ring out.

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New video provided to The Daily Beast shows the confrontation from a closer angle. The website says the video was recorded by Sterling's friend, Abdullah Muflahti.

Muflahti said Sterling was not waving his gun and that there was there was no “altercation,” as police claimed, until he was tasered and tackled.

After Sterling is shot a number of times, one of the officers appears to remove an object from his pants pocket.

Gov. John Bel Edwards acknowledged remarked earlier today that the video was "disturbing to say the least." Edwards announced that the Department of Justice and FBI have opened a civil rights investigation into what happened.

The officers have both been put on an administrative leave while the investigation plays out.


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