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What Justice?: White Cops Who Murdered Alton Sterling Won't Be Charged

28 March, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Police Officers Won't Be Charged in Death of Alton Sterling

Sterling, a father of five, was fatally shot July 5, 2016, outside a Baton Rouge store where he frequently sold CDs. He said his state decided not to proceed with charges after reviewing both the federal government's evidence as well as that of his own office, The Washington Post reported.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the state based its decision off both the local and federal investigations.

"What we all really know is it takes courage to have political office, it takes courage to be a prosecutor, it takes courage to fight for justice, and we didn't see that in this situation", Stewart said.

Officer Blane Salamoni shot and killed Sterling during a struggle outside a convenience store.

Felma White, a 63-year-old retired food service worker, wore a shirt adorned with screen-printed news clippings showing Sterling's grieving family and newspaper headlines about the shooting.

Baton Rouge's police department was also accused of allowing racism within the department, as officers referred to black people as "animals" and "heathens".

"We will hold a news conference where we will release video footage from all body cameras, store surveillance, and vehicle cams".

The woman who raised Sterling, Sandra Sterling, predicted that the videos will spark more public outrage. After not complying, one officer tackled Sterling to the ground, while another pointed a gun at Sterling's head. "I pray that God blesses and keeps the Sterling family during this hard time".

If you need a refresher, Sterling was shot outside a convenience store in June of 2016.

The killing gripped the nation in part because two bystander videos, each less than a minute long, captured Sterling's struggle with the two officers. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground, but Lake didn't fire his gun.

Paul also said they need to have a hearing with each officer before any disciplinary action can happen.

In the wake of the ruling, Sterling's family urged peace and said the people of Baton Rouge should vote in November to make their voices heard. "Sterling continued to resist the officers' attempts to arrest him".

Lake tried "tazing" Sterling at least two times - "with little or no effect", according to Landry.

Salamoni fatally shot Sterling during an ensuing scuffle. One of the officers shot and killed Sterling while he was on the ground. The officers continue to try to control his hands.

"He's going for the gun!" Salamoni shot Sterling three times, then fired three more shots into Sterling's back when he began to sit up. As the camera turns away, more yelling ensues, followed by loud bangs. "Sterling' hands", Landry said.

The officers recovered a loaded revolver from Sterling's pocket.

In May 2017, federal prosecutors found there wasn't enough evidence to warrant civil rights charges against Salamoni and Lake.

The Justice Department also said that evidence couldn't prove or disprove Salamoni's assertion that Sterling was reaching for a gun. Officers reportedly got a call saying a person matching Sterling's description threatened someone with a gun.

"Considering this, it is reasonable that Mr. Sterling" - who he said was "under the influence" of "various illegal drugs".


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