Police Officers Involved In Alton Sterling's Death Will Not Be Charged

Police Officers Involved In Alton Sterling's Death Will Not Be Charged

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

Louisiana's attorney general plans finally to give an update on whether to indict the White police officers who killed Alton Sterling back in July 2016.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore recused himself from any state criminal investigation into Sterling's death, citing his professional relationship with Salamoni's parents, who have served as police officers in Baton Rouge.

L. Chris Stewart, an attorney representing Sterling's family, said they were disappointed by the decision.

An initial investigation cleared Officers Blane Salamoni (the shooter) and Howie Lake II of any Civil Rights Charges, with feds going so far as to claim the officers responses were "reasonable".

In May 2017, the US Department of Justice announced it would not press charges against the officers.

Toxicology reports showed Sterling had "scheduled and illegal" substances in his system, Landry said Tuesday. Critics expressed frustration at another police-involved shooting in which a Black man was executed without so much as a trial, calling it just another example of rampant police brutality in the United States. After learning neither officer would be charged with federal crimes, dozens of people held a peaceful vigil outside the convenience store where Sterling was shot.

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Officer Blane Salamoni shot Sterling during a struggle outside a convenience store July 5, 2016.

Landry said today that Sterling "clearly matched a description" placed provided by a 911 caller, which described a man selling compact discs in front of the food mart. Videos recorded by nearby surveillance cameras and by auto dashboards and police body cameras have not been released. "We came to this conclusion after reviewing countless hours of evidence".

Sterling's aunt, Sandra Sterling, condemned the decision to not charge the police officers.

It also follows a wrongful death lawsuit filed last June by lawyers for Sterling's five children against both officers, the police department, its chief, and the city of Baton Rouge. 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. When he did not, a struggle ensued with Salamoni pulling out his gun and pointing it at Sterling's head and later Lake attempting to shoot Sterling with a Taser. "Officer Salamoni reported that he saw the gun coming out and attempted to grab it, but Sterling jerked away and attempted to grab the gun again".

The Justice Department's decision not to pursue charges in the Sterling case marked the first time under Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the department declined to prosecute a police officer investigated for wrongdoing in a high-profile case.

Salamoni and Lake are on paid administrative leave.

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