BATON ROUGE, La. — Rev. Al Sharpton and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson are expected to attend Alton Sterling’s funeral on Friday in Louisiana.
The private ceremony will be held at Southern University around 11:30 a.m. Sharpton and Jackson are expected to attend, CNN reports.
A police officer fatally shot the 37-year-old on Tuesday, July 5, after officers initially responded to reports of a man selling CDs and allegedly using a gun to threaten people outside a convenience store.
The shooting was captured on cellphone video, which showed Sterling was pinned down by two officers when he was shot.
Protests against the deadly incident quickly erupted nationwide, and were compounded when another black man — Philando Castile — was fatally shot by police in Minnesota the following day.
The shooting of Castile was not captured on video, but his girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook — again capturing the nation’s attention.
Violence again hit Thursday evening, when a lone gunman shot and killed five police officers during a protest in Dallas against the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
Castile and several of the five officers were laid to rest this week.