Larry Wilmore used part of Wednesday’s episode of The Nightly Show to comment on the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot by police officers in Louisiana this week.
“Thank God for f—ing cell phones,” he said, referencing video of Sterling’s death, which went viral in the aftermath of the police shooting. “Because we would never even hear about incidents like this this otherwise. In fact, part of what makes people in the black community so enraged about this is for years, we never had evidence for these things.”
Wilmore then showed footage of a report saying that the two white police officers, who fatally shot 37-year-old Sterling outside a Louisiana convenience store early Tuesday, had been wearing body cameras that reportedly “fell off.”
“Fell off?! Things don’t just fall off unless you’re talking about Sisqo and the face of the f—ing earth,” the host responded.
He continued to share an element of media coverage of these too common deaths that really bothers him.
“What really gets me is that whenever this happens, there’s always an immediate takedown of the dead man’s character,” he said. “So he had a criminal record. Martha Stewart has a criminal record. I don’t remember her being executed in a convenience store parking lot. Maybe I missed it, but it feels like that would’ve made Huffington Post at least. No matter what his crimes were, Alton Sterling did not deserve to be executed for them. Look guys, the punishment for resisting arrest shouldn’t be death. The punishment for selling bootleg CDs shouldn’t be death. The punishment for having a gun in an open-carry state shouldn’t be death. The punishment for being a black man shouldn’t be death.”
Wilmore’s comments came the same night as video footage of another police shooting went viral online.
Watch the video of Wilmore’s segment below.