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Louisiana won't charge police officers in Alton Sterling shooting death

Louisiana won't charge police officers in Alton Sterling shooting death”

Louisiana's attorney general ruled out criminal charges Tuesday against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man outside a convenience store.

Following the conclusion of the state's two-year investigation into the death of Alton Sterling, Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry announced that both Blane Salamoni and Howard Lake would not receive any criminal charges for shooting Alton Sterling.

"The Louisiana Department of Justice can not proceed with a prosecution of either Officer Howie Lake or Officer Blane Salamoni", Landry told reporters after meeting with members of Sterling's family in private.

The case will be the first time under Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the department has publicly declined to prosecute officers investigated for possible wrongdoing in a high profile case.

Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Mr Sterling to the ground, but he did not fire his gun.

When Sterling spun around and pulled his right arm away from Salamoni, Salamoni drew his gun and said, "Don't f****** move, or I'll shoot you in your f****** head", the report says.

The Tuesday revelation came as Landry announced there would be no criminal charges against the two officers in the Alton Sterling's 2016 death. They reported that Sterling had a gun in his pocket. "Sterling was under the influence, and that contributed to his noncompliance", Landry said.

A video of Sterling's shooting went viral after his death, showing an officer tackling him to the ground before another officer shot him, inciting social media backlash and protests across the country. Sterling complied then but eventually he took his hands off the hood, the Justice Department said.

And the Baton Rouge Police Department will hold disciplinary hearings by Friday to determine whether the officers' behavior was in line with department policy, Chief Murphy Paul said. At the time, police said that Sterling had been reaching for a gun. "It takes courage to be a prosecutor and it takes courage to fight for justice", Stewart said. The officers' body cameras and a store surveillance camera also recorded the encounter, but those videos haven't been released.

"These are the facts", Landry said. One had been previously involved in the shooting of another black man two years prior that had led to administrative leave.

The officers were responding to a call about a man with a gun.

"We owe this final review to the Baton Rouge community and the Sterling family", he said in a statement Tuesday.

Federal authorities concluded there wasn't enough evidence to prove Salamoni or Lake willfully deprived Sterling of his civil rights, or that the officers' use of force was objectively unreasonable.



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