To blunt public sympathy, police began pushing Sterling's criminal record online. It is being stated Sterling had been previously arrested for aggravated battery, domestic violence, unauthorized entry, vandalism, drug possession (marijuana), weapons possession, disturbing the peace and is a registered sex offender, regarding a "carnal knowledge of a juvenile" criminal conviction. As serious as those crimes are, it does not negate the fact he still had human rights and to summarily execute him on a public street, after aggressively approaching him, cost him his life and in a very violent way that looks bad. The store's owner stated he did not see Sterling reach for a gun and was tased then shot by police.
BBC graphic on police violence (http://www.bbc.com)
The police brutality occurring in numerous places in American makes it a federal issue, as it is occurring in a number of U.S. states which encompasses the country. Congress is the only entity that can truly bring reform on this tragic issue, via meaningful legislation or the problem will continue to occur. There are nations where police don't even use guns and still get the job done, effectively policing, with nowhere near the fatality rate present in America. However, I am of the belief Congress is too afraid to enact the legislation needed to curb the problem