Man Who Posted Death of Alton Sterling Is Fighting to Get His Job Back

July 25th 2016

Taylor Bell

The man who posted footage of the death of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by police officers outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been let go from his job.

Christopher LeDay, the man who helped circulate footage of the police shooting of Sterling, claims that he has not be able to return to his job at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia in "retaliation" for posting the video of Sterling online, WSB-TV 2 reports.

On July 6, a day after the video was uploaded, LeDay claims that military police detained him at his job. He was then arrested after police apparently ran a search on LeDay and discovered he was apparently wanted on an old warrant in Dunwoody, according to WSB-TV. They then contacted police and transported LeDay to DeKalb County Jail.


In a press conference last week, LeDay's attorney Tiffany Simmons called the warrant "fictitious" and said that LeDay has "no criminal history."

"They never showed a warrant for an assault to my client, in fact my client was held in DeKalb County Jail for at least 26 hours and they never produced a warrant," Simmons told WSB-TV 2.

When police could not produce a warrant, LeDay was told he was being held for "failing to appear on several parking charges," something that LeDay claims his supervisor knew even before he was hired six weeks ago, according to WSB-TV.

At the time of the press conference, LeDay had been not able to return to work for 14 days because of a security clearance issue, something that has hurt the father of three.

"He is the father of three children, and not being able to work for 14 days has affected him," Simmons said in a press conference. "He's been punished for doing the right thing. He's been punished for being a good Samaritan by showing this video and showing America that we have to look in the mirror and we have to change some things."

A GoFundMe account was created to help support LeDay financially during his unemployment.

ATTN: reached out to the Dunwoody Police Department but did not receive a comment in time for publication.

[H/T WSB-TV 2]