Mayor, police chief announce internal investigation beginning in Alton Sterling shooting

28 March, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • AG Jeff Landry Cannot proceed with prosecution of Officer Lake and Officer Salamoni

The encounter lasted fewer than 90 seconds.

The announcement was made in Baton Rouge, coming hours after Landry broke the news to Sterling's family. "He was murdered like an animal", Sterling's aunt, Veda Washington-Abusaleh, told local reporters on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Federal law sets a very high bar for civil rights charges against officers, requiring that authorities prove an officer's intent at the time of the shooting.

Salamoni screamed that Sterling was reaching for a gun before he shot the man three times, the DOJ concluded, plus three more when he started to move again.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced his conclusion on Tuesday, nearly 11 months after the United States Department of Justice declined to bring charges in the death of the man, Alton B. Sterling, was widely expected, in part because officers are rarely charged in connection with on-duty shootings.

"They took a human away", McMillon said. I know they may not agree with this decision.

Landry did not take any questions from reporters after his statement. The officers' body cameras and a store surveillance camera also recorded the encounter, but those videos have not been released. It was "reasonable" to conclude Sterling was under the influence of drugs during the struggle with the officers "and that contributed to his non-compliance", Landry said.

The cops had been responding to a report of a man with a gun when they came across Sterling on July 5, 2016.

That weapon, Landry later said, was a "loaded.38 caliber firearm".

"Throughout the encounter the officers attempted several non-lethal techniques to gain control of Mr. Sterling was high on drugs", he said.

L. Chris Stewart, an attorney representing Sterling's family, said they were disappointed by the decision. Apparently, it was enough that Sterling failed to comply with the officer's orders, even though there was no visible proof that Sterling even reached for a gun in the first place.

Salamoni and Lake are on paid administrative leave.

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.

The Sterling shooting prompted nationwide protests, including a demonstration two days later in Dallas where five law enforcement officers were fatally shot by an African-American ex-serviceman.

An attorney for a white Baton Rouge police officer who shot and killed a black man during a struggle says he expects the city's police chief to fire his client.

The death of Alton Sterling was a tragedy that evoked deep grief and anger across Baton Rouge and Louisiana.

The announcement makes Sterling's death the latest high-profile police shooting to end without charges for officers involved, following on the heels of federal authorities previous year declining to prosecute either officer in the case.

Nearly 200 people were arrested in the protests that followed the killing.


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