Alton Sterling's Death & Black Lives Matter

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Larry reacts to the death of Alton Sterling, an African-American man shot by white police officers in Louisiana, and examines the Black Lives Matter discussion that followed. (5:39)

-(cheering, applause)-Welcome back.

Now, tonight we have to talk

about the latestpolice shooting video

that's making national news.

Police in Louisiana this morning

are investigating the deadlypolice shooting of a black man.

NEWSWOMAN: The video apparently shows police confronting

37-year-old Alton Sterling Tuesday morning.

He's tackled by one of the officers.

Seconds later, an officer appears to scream out,

"Sterling is holding a weapon."

Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was pronounced deadat the scene

because he was shot by the cops

while he was pinnedto the ground.

I mean, when I saw this video,like many of us in this office,

I mean, we were alljust speechless.

I mean,is this the type of thing

we should really haveon a comedy show?

Now, we've coveredthis type of thing in the past,

and to be frank with you,

we're just tiredof this (bleep) happening,

and feel like we haveto address it in some way.

And let me just say, thank Godfor (bleep) cell phones.

(applause, whooping)

Really. Because...

we would never even hear aboutincidents like this otherwise.

In fact, part of what makespeople in the black community

so enraged about this is,for years we never had evidence

for these things.

But, you know, in Baton Rouge,the cops have body cameras.

Okay. So let's seewhat that shows. Roll it.

NEWSMAN: The officers in question

were wearing body cameras, but they apparently fell off

at the altercation.

-Fell off?-MAN: Fell off.

Things don't just fall off.

Unless you're talkingabout Sisqó

and face of the (bleep) earth.

All right? I mean, seriously,Sisqó, where's "Thong Song 2"?

(laughter, groans)

I don't know,this looks bad, Louisiana.

And they know it looks bad, too.

They even brought outthe governor to talk about it.

The video is disturbing,to say the least.

In Louisiana,we're known for our ability

to come togetherin difficult circumstances.

We will certainly get through,uh, this tragedy.

Okay, seems likethey're taking it seriously.

I mean, he's gotmore middle-aged black women

on that stage thana community theater production

of The Color Purple, so...

-(laughter)-Right? Right?

Kudos, kudos, kudos to you.

Right.

But, uh...

but what does the, uh,Louisiana governor

specifically have to sayabout the investigation?

There should be no, uh...

doubt in anybody's mindbut this incident

is gonna be investigatedimpartially,

professionally and thoroughly,

uh, by the United StatesDepartment of Justice

Civil Rights Division.

Wait, hold on a second.

The Department of Justice?

The same Department of Justice

that just handledHillary's e-mails?

I don't think black peopleare waiting for these cops

to be excused because the FBIsays they were just "careless."

And what gets me about this,what really gets me,

is that whenever this happens,

there's alwaysan immediate takedown

of the dead man's character.

We do understand he did in facthave a criminal record.

According to his family and someof the records that we dug up,

yes, he did have at least...at least one prior conviction.

NEWSWOMAN: Sterling has an arrest history,

ranging from battery to drug possession.

So he had a criminal record.

Martha Stewart hasa criminal record.

-(laughter, applause, whooping)-I don't...

I don't remember herbeing executed

in a convenience storeparking lot.

Maybe I missed it,but it feels like

that would have made Huffington Post at least.

No matter what his crimes were,

Alton Sterling did not deserveto be executed for them.

Look, guys, the punishmentfor resisting arrest

shouldn't be death.

The punishmentfor selling bootleg CD's

shouldn't be death.

The punishment for having a gunin an open-carry state

shouldn't be death.

The punishmentfor being a black man

shouldn't be death.

(applause, whooping)

Now...

Black Lives Matter protestshave already sprung up

across Louisianain the past 24 hours,

and, you know, let me just saya quick word about this

just for a second.

It's not that black lives aremore important than white lives,

or Asian lives,

but all people don't have thesame uniquely fraught history

with law enforcementthat black people do.

This is why as infuria...infuriating as it was,

that black people cheered forthe O.J. Simpson verdict, okay?

Long before white peoplecould give an Emmy

to Sarah Paulson's hair.

(laughter)

So when Black Lives Matteris protesting,

can we just not hear thisright now?

This themeof Black Lives Matter--

you know what also matters?Blue lives matter.

And all lives matter.

Absolutely, all lives matter.

-Black lives matter because all lives matter. -Mm-hmm.

-All lives matter.-All lives matter.

Black lives matter or all lives?

Well, they sayblack lives matter.

I and you and Donald Trump sayall lives matter.

Okay.

If you really believe in"all lives matter"-- it's fine--

then you should be out thereprotesting, right?

-I mean, Alton Sterling...-(applause, cheering)

If you break it down.

Alton Sterling was a life,

the loss of whichshould upset you.

You know what?I'll tell you what.

In the spirit of inclusuvity...inclusivity,

let's check inwith an All Lives Matter,

uh, rally here in New York.

(cricket chirping)

I'm sorry, that's our bad.Um, that's right,

uh, maybe All Lives Matter isprotesting in Chicago. Our bad.

(birds chirping)

That was my bad again.

Uh, All Lives Matter must beprotesting in Louisiana.

I mean, that's where the murderhappened. If you could just...

(cricket chirping)

Where's the outrage, guys?

I thoughtall lives mattered to you.

Doesn't Alton Sterling'slife matter?

We'll be right back.