2 officers in black man's fatal shooting won't be charged

Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2018

A pair of white police officers in Baton Rouge, La., will not be prosecuted by the state authorities in a fatal shooting of a black man there nearly two years ago.

After Alton Sterling was shot by police in 2016, his death spawned protests across the nation.

According to the state report released Tuesday, Sterling refused to heed the officers' commands to put his hands on the hood of a auto, and each officer reached for and tried to control Sterling's arms.

The struggle was captured on cellphone videos that quickly went viral, igniting protests nationwide.

The announcement comes almost two years after Sterling was shot and killed outside a convenience store in the Louisiana capital. Veda Washington-Abusaleh, another aunt, was in tears after meeting with Landry. She said she could not understand the decision. "They said it was justifiable, what happened to Alton was justifiable". 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. Police pinned Sterling to the ground, then shot him multiple times.

The fact that Sterling was impaired, Landry noted also "contributed to his noncompliance".

The decision comes 10 months after the DOJ declined to file federal charges and two years after President Obama met with the Sterling family. While everyone may not agree with the decision by the Louisiana Department of Justice, the process outlined by law was followed.

After the hearings, Paul said, police will release four additional videos: two body camera recordings; one from a store surveillance camera; and one from the dashboard camera in a patrol vehicle. The attorney general also pointed to toxicology reports that Sterling was under the influence and subsequently noncompliant during his arrest.

Lake removed a loaded.38-caliber handgun from Sterling's right front pocket, the report says.

"Throughout the encounter the officers attempted several non-lethal techniques to gain control of Mr".

Landry, however, said that the footage didn't disprove the officers' statements either.

Salamoni, a four-year veteran, and Lake, a three-year veteran, have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.

Ronald Smith gets on his bicycle after stopping at the Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was shot by police in Baton Rouge, La. CNN reported that the family views the behavior of both officers as characteristic of the culture of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Moore's recusal left Landry's office to decide whether state charges were warranted. Sterling's five children filed a wrongful death lawsuit last summer.

The protests eventually ceased, and national media attention began to drift away in August 2016, when torrential rain in southeastern Louisiana caused massive flooding that claimed more than a dozen lives. There will be action in civil court.

In May 2017, the US Department of Justice announced it would not press charges against the officers. "Sterling continued to resist the officers' attempts to arrest him". The attorney general told his office staff not to report to work on Tuesday, and state police activated a mobile force. He said the office relied heavily on the opinions of two experts cited by the Justice Department without seeking independent analysis, and said the office didn't re-interview many eyewitnesses.

The attorney general's decision strikes a blow to the family's quest for justice in this case.