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Alton Sterling: Funeral held in US state of Louisiana

Black father of five was shot dead by white police in Louisiana, sparking a wave of protests across the US.

Alton Sterling

Mourers gathered to lay to rest Alton Sterling, a black man who was shot and killed by white police officers in the US state of Louisiana.

Sterling, 37, died on July 5 outside a supermarket in the city of Baton Rouge when police wrestled him to the ground and shot him, saying he had a gun. The father of five, whose funeral is on Friday, had been selling CDs.

Footage of the moment Sterling was killed was captured on a mobile phone and contains images some readers may find distressing.

Sterling's killing was followed the next day with the shooting dead by police of a 32-year-old black man, Philando Castile. That killing, during a traffic stop in the midwestern US state of Minnesota, was also captured on video and livestreamed by Castile's girlfriend on Facebook.

The deaths sparked outrage and protests in many cities across the US.

READ MORE: Aftermath of US police killing streamed on Facebook

Last week, five white police officers were shot dead at one such protest in Dallas, Texas.

Police identified Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, as the suspect and said that he had set out to kill white people. Johnson was shot and killed by police after the incident.

About 200 people were arrested in Baton Rouge during protests last week with demonstrators accusing the police of heavy-handed tactics.

Images posted on social media showed crowds dressed in black gathering in the city to attend his funeral.

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