Police shot and killed a Black man after the two had a lengthy “struggle” at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge on Monday night, the Advocate reported. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the victim, but the name “Calvin Toney” quickly surfaced online as the person who was shot.
When Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson tweeted Toney’s name early Tuesday morning, others quickly joined in condemning the Baton Rouge Police Department killing “another Black man.”
The officer, who was reportedly also a Black man, was with a child and family services worker to check on the welfare of a child at the location when the victim and the officer got into a fight lasting “many minutes,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III told reporters.
Frustration was clear among local residents, who quickly formed a crowd at the scene with chants of “Black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace” breaking out at times, the Associated Press reported.
One woman yelled out of anger at police, according to the Advocate, in what was the last display of heightened tensions between the community and law enforcement in Baton Rouge.
“One black man down,” the woman screamed. “One black man down. I hope y’all sleep good tonight. … He’s gone. What the f*** y’all investigating?”
The shooting came more than a year after video footage of the police shooting of Alton Sterling, also a Black man, prompted outrage and protests in Baton Rouge. That case could very well be a precedent in Monday night’s shooting, as the officer who killed Sterling was acquitted in May.