State decision expected in officer-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling

Police Officers Won't Be Charged in Death of Alton Sterling

The two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling will not face criminal charges, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday.

A prosecutor in the U.S. state of Louisiana has ruled out criminal charges for two white police officers in the 2016 killing of African American Alton Sterling, whose shooting triggered nationwide protests against police brutality.

Landry said that the officers "attempted to make a lawful arrest of Alton Sterling based upon probable cause", and acted on the presumption that Sterling was armed while resisting arrest.

Repercussions still could come for Officers Blane Salamoni, who shot Sterling, and Officer Howie Lake II.

"As we move into this next phase of the investigation, I continue to ask the people of Louisiana to pray for Alton's family, the community of North Baton Rouge where he lived, the law enforcement officials who protect us every day, and our great state".

At the close of that investigation, the justice department said it found "insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges" against either officer.

Lake removed a loaded.38-caliber handgun from Sterling's right front pocket, the report says. "He was murdered like an animal", Sterling's aunt, Veda Washington-Abusaleh, told reporters in video posted on social media by local media after being informed by Landry's office that no charges would be brought. The shooting sparked protests in the state capital days later.

The Justice Department last spring said that Salamoni at this point put a gun to Sterling's head. L. Chris Stewart said investigators did not follow up with witnesses and relied heavily on the two federal investigators who already looked into the case. "Sterling' hands", Landry said.




Family members of a black man fatally shot in a struggle with two white police officers are railing against a decision by the state attorney general to not prosecute the officers.

It was also captured on body camera and convenience store surveillance.

Officers reportedly got a call saying a person matching Sterling's description threatened someone with a gun.

Sterling's family said it would continue to follow through with a civil lawsuit they filed previous year.

The heated and tragic atmosphere in Baton Rouge continued after the shooting, with three officers gunned down in an ambush less than two weeks later. In this July 6, 2016 file photo, photos of Alton Sterling are taped to the wall at a makeshift memorial outside the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La.

Federal authorities concluded there was not enough evidence to prove Mr Salamoni or Mr Lake wilfully deprived Mr Sterling of his civil rights, or that the officers' use of force was objectively unreasonable.

In June 2017, Sterling's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city government and police, alleging a history of excessive-force incidents and racism toward African-Americans.

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