Louisiana Cops Who Killed Alton Sterling Will Not Face Charges

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Landry said that Salamoni believed Sterling was reaching for a gun in his pocket before attempting to use a taser on him, with no success. "It takes courage to be a prosecutor and it takes courage to fight for justice", Stewart said. Salamoni's lawyer, John McLindon, said he anticipated the department will fire both officers for a violation of policies as a result of the shooting, but that both officers are planning to appeal such firing.

Some security cameras captured the incident, showing police shooting Sterling at close range, and shortly after news of his death spread, protests erupted around the country.

Sterling was shot outside the store on July 5, 2016, after a resident reported he had been threatened by a black man selling CDs.

Once confronted, the police officers determined that Sterling was in possession of a "firearm in his right front pocket" of a shirt he was wearing, Landry said.

Sterling's five children also filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the officers a year ago. "We came to this conclusion after reviewing countless hours of evidence". 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.

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. One protest that occurred two days later saw five law enforcement officers shot and killed by an African-American ex-serviceman in Dallas.

State investigators looked into the case after the U.S. Justice Department announced past year there wasn't enough evidence to warrant civil rights charges against the two officers.

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The same report also said Sterling's autopsy showed he had been shot six times - three times in the chest and three more times in his back - and all six bullets were recovered from his body.

Broome promised citizens they will act swiftly as the Baton Rouge Police Department begins its internal investigation into the case. The attorney general also pointed to toxicology reports that Sterling was under the influence and subsequently noncompliant during his arrest.

I support Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and Chief Murphy Paul's decision to conduct an administrative review to determine if any disciplinary action should be taken within the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's spokeswoman declined comment on the planned meeting Tuesday morning, saying only that it will have an update at a news conference Tuesday on the investigation into the 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling.

"They said they didn't find anything", she said. Lake shocked Sterling with a stun gun before the officers wrestled him to the ground, according to federal investigators. The caller said the man pulled out a gun.

Some fatal shootings still prompt widespread media attention, including the death earlier this month of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot and killed by Sacramento police officers while in his grandmother's backyard.

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