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No State Charges Filed In Alton Sterling Shooting Death

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Pete Mitchell | 28 March, 2018, 01:41

Salamoni them fired three shots into Sterling's chest. They attempted to arrest Sterling and after a struggle, Salamoni shot and killed Sterling. One of the officers shot and killed Sterling while he was on the ground.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that the officers involved in the July 2016 shooting of 37-year-old Baton Rouge resident Alton Sterling will not face charges for his death, The New York Daily News reports.

Justice Department officials had previously decided against bringing federal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, claiming there was "insufficient" evidence.

Landry made the announcement at a news conference after meeting with family members of Sterling.

Of those officers, 41 have not been convicted, a lot of them acquitted by juries or during a bench trial, he said.

Le'Roi Dunn, a 40-year-old cook, gestured at the spot where Sterling was killed and said it was wrong for the officers to avoid any charges.

He said he is "always mindful of the human element" in the case beyond his review of the facts and applicable laws. I know the Sterling family is hurting.

Toxicology reports showed Sterling had "scheduled and illegal" substances in his system, Landry said Tuesday.

Landry did not take any questions from reporters after his statement.

Paul also said they need to have a hearing with each officer before any disciplinary action can happen.

Since 2005, 85 non-federal law enforcement officers - a group that includes police officers, state troopers and deputy sheriffs - have been arrested for murder or manslaughter after fatally shooting someone while on-duty, according to Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in OH, who studies arrests of officers and has kept data since that year.

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Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the shooting.

Cops later found a loaded revolver in Sterling's pocket, according to the Justice Department.

Then, Landry said, Salamoni holsters his weapon and a struggle ensues where Salamoni tackles Sterling.

In a familiar story line with such cases, the officers say Sterling was reaching for his gun - a contention that witnesses dispute.

"With respect to the second series of shots ... experts emphasized that officers are trained to eliminate a threat", the Justice Department wrote, "and that Sterling appeared to pose a threat because he was still moving and his right hand was not visible to Officer Salamoni". According to the attorney general's report, Sterling refused orders to put his hands on the hood of a vehicle, and officers wrestled him to the ground.

L. Chris Stewart, an Atlanta-based lawyer representing Sterlings' relatives, said the family was disappointed by the decision. When he did not, a struggle ensued with Salamoni pulling out his gun and pointing it at Sterling's head and later Lake attempting to shoot Sterling with a Taser.

Salamoni and Lake have remained on paid administrative leave since the July 5, 2016, shooting.

Once again, the murderers of a Black man get to walk. Long killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and wounded three others before being shot dead.

Some security cameras captured the incident, showing police shooting Sterling at close range, and shortly after news of his death spread, protests erupted around the country. "We came to this conclusion after countless hours of reviewing the evidence", Landry said.

Baton Rouge's police department was also accused of allowing racism within the department, as officers referred to black people as "animals" and "heathens". Their suit alleges the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by the Baton Rouge police. Believing Sterling was the man referenced in the 911 call, officers and Sterling scuffled which led to Sterling's tragic death.

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