DOJ will not charge cops in shooting death of Alton Sterling

The two deaths of black men at the hands of police sparked nationwide protests and reignited the debate on the use of deadly force in law enforcement.

WBRZ reported that Sterling's aunt, Sandra Sterling, said the family will meet with Justice Department officials around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday, sources told The Washington Post that officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake will not be charged federally for Sterling's death on July 5, 2016 as a result of an investigation by the Justice Department.

Mobile video footage appeared to show two officers wrestling a man in a red shirt to the floor. The officers had responded to the scene after receiving a call claiming Sterling had threatened the caller with a gun.

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said she was "appalled" to hear of the Justice Department's decision from news reports "without a formal decision being relayed to the Sterling family first". Last month, Sessions ordered the Justice Department to review the court-mandated reform agreements it has with troubled police departments across the country, and Sessions has said he is anxious that such agreements might bar aggressive police tactics. Earlier on Tuesday Michael Slager, the former officer responsible, pleaded guilty to violating Scott's civil rights at a federal court hearing and now faces up to life in prison. The Justice Department's decision doesn't preclude state authorities from conducting their own investigation and pursuing their own criminal charges. At some point in the struggle, one of the officers shouted 'gun.' A short time later shots were fired and Sterling was dead.

Veda Sterling spoke at a vigil Tuesday outside the convenience store where her nephew Alton was shot. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

A day after the Castile shooting, five Dallas police officers were gunned down by a sniper at a peaceful protest in apparent retaliation.

The two officers had Sterling pinned on his back when gunfire erupted, moments after someone yelled, "He's got a gun!"

Sterling was one of 1,092 people killed by the police during 2016 - 22 of them in Louisiana alone.

Sterling was known to locals as the "CD man," a laid-back guy who sold CDs and DVDs in front of the Triple S Food Mart on the west side of the city.

There were almost 200 arrests in the protests over Mr Sterling's death, which preceded a turbulent couple of weeks in United States race relations.

The Department of Justice is expected to hold a news conference from the Federal building in downtown Baton Rouge.

Though the Justice Department's civil rights division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States attorney's office in Baton Rouge opened an inquiry last July, sources told The Post on Tuesday that the Justice Department will announce in the 24 hours that they closed the probe.



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