Feds won't charge Baton Rouge officers


"Sterling's size, 6'3" and over 300 pounds, made it hard for officers to control, much less handcuff, Mr. Court records show Sterling had pleaded guilty in 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegally carrying a weapon and was arrested in May 2009 after an officer confronted him outside another store where he was selling CDs. The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two. Lake, who didn't fire his weapon, recovered a loaded.38-caliber revolver from Sterling's pocket moments after the shooting.

'Given these circumstances, the evidence can not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that it did not appear to Officer Salamoni that Sterling was reaching for his pocket. In their statements, Segar and Alexander say they "respect and support" the students' rights to express their opinions.

On Tuesday, the police officer in a Dallas suburb was sacked three days after he fired a rifle into a auto full of unarmed teenagers, killing one.

As a convicted felon, Sterling couldn't legally carry a gun. But he said that was not enough to bring charges against the officers.

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Sterling's aunt said she, too, had not heard from federal authorities. The decision not to charge the two officer by the U.S. Department of Justice came amid scrutiny of how aggressively Republican President Donald Trump's administration will seek to hold officers accountable.

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.

Once Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II arrived on the scene, they immediately apprehended Sterling and pinned him to the ground. Still, he said, "experts criticized aspects of the officers' technique".

Edwards said it was disrespectful that Sterling's family learned the outcome of the Justice Department investigation from the media on Tuesday. And a white suburban Dallas officer was sacked after fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy as the vehicle he was riding in was driving away. Now that the federal investigation is over, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Louisiana State Police will now investigate whether state criminal charges should be filed. And the head of the state police sent a letter to Landry saying the state police will help Landry's office if the attorney general decides further evidence collection is necessary.

Landry said in a July 11 statement that his office trusts the federal government to investigate the case and looks forward to "fulfilling our responsibilities" after getting the results of the federal investigation.

According to the Justice Department, Sterling's right hand is not visible to the cameras when Salamoni again yells that Sterling is "going for the gun!" She cried as she described learning from federal officials that Salamoni pointed a gun at Sterling's head and said he would "kill you". But the report did not include the "kill you" quote from Salamoni, which Sterling family lawyers said is documented in unreleased video and audio. "We are not going to sit in the house".

The decision to not bring federal charges was reported Tuesday by several news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times. Small groups of protesters had gathered to demonstrate against the decision that night. The coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish said Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and back.

Landry argues that the state police are the most qualified people to conduct such an investigation. In addition to demonstrating against Sterling's death, the protests were a response to broader tensions in Baton Rouge between police and African-Americans, who said they had been long mistreated by officers.

Damon Brumfield, a student at Southern University of Baton Rouge, poses while his friends take photos, in front of a mural honoring Alton Sterling, outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The.

Shortly after Salamoni and Lake shot the 37-year-old Sterling, protests erupted in the city. "Gun!" before gunshots are heard.

The shooting was among a string of fatal incidents involving police last July. An officer was charged with manslaughter in Castile's death.

The day after Castile's shooting, five officers in Dallas were shot by an army-trained sniper during a protest over police shootings. Officer Salamoni holstered his weapon, and then tackled Sterling; both went to the ground, with Officer Salamoni on top of Sterling, who was on his back with his right hand and shoulder partially under the hood of a auto. Officers responding to the shooting killed Johnson.