Feds won't charge Baton Rouge officers

The shooting was reported outside the Triple S Food Mart at Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive. And it appears as if Sessions' pro-police, law-and-order philosophy is already starting to influence the way decisions are made in his department.

Alton Sterling's mother reacts to reports that no charges will be filed in son's death.

As federal officials laid out details of their case inside the downtown federal courthouse, Sterling's relatives and their attorneys held their own news conference under Interstate 110, using the overpass to escape driving rain. The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charg.

The two white police officers who killed him, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, claimed they believed he was reaching for his gun when they opened fire.

Outside of a state case, Sterling's family could launch a civil suit and seek damages against the police officers, and the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Please know that experienced, highly-trained federal agents and prosecutors worked hard to investigate and examine the facts to determine if a federal criminal case could be brought here.

The two Louisiana officers involved in the controversial shooting death of Alton Sterling will not face federal charges, officials said Tuesday. The video was circulated widely through social media, leading some to view the shooting as proof of inherent racism in the local police force. However, there is additional footage, including dashcam, bodycam, and store surveillance recordings, that have not yet been released which could shed more light on the circumstances surrounding Sterling's death.

Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson announced that the DOJ found "that insufficient evidence exists to charge either officer with a federal crime in connection with this incident" in a separate press conference held just before Edwards and Broome took to the podium. Prosecutors said they could not prove the officers acted unreasonably.

Amundson didn't immediately return messages asking him about the alleged verbal threat. The officers said they shot Sterling, who was over six feet tall and 300 pounds, because they were having a hard time restraining him and thought he was reaching for a gun, according to federal investigators. "Sterling's right hand which is where the gun was so I'm sure they wish it was clearer from the perspective, but they did have audio on the tape where the officer was saying he's got a gun", Hardin said.

"It's insane, like we waited all this time for nothing" said Alton Sterling's aunt, Sandra Sterling.

In confirming no charges would be brought against the police, the department said Mr Sterling was armed and refused to follow commands. The encounter escalated when Sterling and the officers got into a fight that left him on the ground.

"This is a seminal moment, and there will be many of them", Melina Abdullah, a Black Lives Matter organizer, said in a telephone interview. John McLindon, Salamoni's lawyer, said he could not comment on the allegations.

"I don't think we can afford to let this kind of action happen in our state and nobody respond".

The death of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, the state capital, was one in a series of racially charged police killings that inflamed a national debate over treatment of minorities, and especially young black men, by law enforcement.

Officer Michael Slager shot Scott five times in the back as the unarmed 50-year-old man ran away during a traffic stop, and cellphone video of the 2015 shooting was viewed millions of times around the world. The state's review could recommend criminal charges, but activists want an independent prosecutor.

Landry said his investigation "could take a considerable amount of time".

He also confirmed earlier reports that Salamoni, who had been on the force for three years, shot Sterling.

"I do hope there will be some investigation to find out" how that information was leaked, Edwards said.

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