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

Attorney General's Office will not charge officers in death of Alton Sterling

Two Louisiana officers who fatally shot a black man in 2016 won't be prosecuted in the death, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday.

The Justice Department said previous year it decided against bringing federal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, concluding that there was "insufficient" evidence to prove that they violated Sterling's civil rights.

But while declining to pursue charges in Sterling's death, federal authorities provided Sterling's family with new details about his death.

They encountered the father of five outside the mart selling bootleg CDs like he always did locals said. "They said it was justifiable, what happened to Alton was justifiable".

"This decision was not taken lightly". "I pray that God blesses and keeps the Sterling family through his hard time". While everyone may not agree with the decision by the Louisiana Department of Justice, the process outlined by law was followed.

Landry made the announcement of no charges against the officers at a news conference after meeting with family members of Sterling.

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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.

Landry did not take any questions from reporters. He refused, authorities have said, and began to struggle with the officers.

Following the conclusion of the state's two-year investigation into the death of Alton Sterling, Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry announced that both Blane Salamoni and Howard Lake would not receive any criminal charges for shooting Alton Sterling.

Since 2005, 85 non-federal law enforcement officers - a group that includes police officers, state troopers and deputy sheriffs - have been arrested for murder or manslaughter after fatally shooting someone while on-duty, according to Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in OH, who studies arrests of officers and has kept data since that year.

A video of Sterling's shooting went viral after his death, showing an officer tackling him to the ground before another officer shot him, inciting social media backlash and protests across the country.

Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the shooting.

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During a news conference also on Tuesday, Quinyetta McMillon, mother of of one of Sterling's children, reportedly said that the way the officers killed the 37-year-old was "in cold blood". The officers recovered a loaded revolver from Sterling's pocket. "Sterling" - who he said was "under the influence" of "various illegal drugs". Landry's report said that surveillance footage shows him carrying the weapon, but the video hasn't been released. In a summary of its findings, the Justice Department said Salamoni pointed his gun at Sterling's head but didn't mention any verbal threats by the officer. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground, but Lake didn't fire his gun.

The two officers are on paid administrative leave, Salamoni's lawyer said.

Once again, the murderers of a Black man get to walk.

Sterling's death in Baton Rouge helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement and inflamed a national debate over racial bias in USA policing.

The Baton Rouge Department has not yet announced the outcome of its internal affairs investigation which could include disciplinary action for the officers. Their suit alleges the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by the Baton Rouge police.

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