No federal charges for Baton Rouge officers

No federal charges for Baton Rouge officers

Tensions are high in Baton Rouge the day after the Justice Department declined to pursue civil rights charges against the police officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling last summer.

Alton Sterling's videotaped shooting in Baton Rouge was one of a series of police killing of black men that triggered nationwide protests spearheaded by the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson mentioned that Salamoni drew his gun and pointed it at Sterling's head, but he didn't say anything about a verbal threat during his news conference.

State authorities could still bring their own criminal case against the officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake.

"At a minimum, these officers ought to be disciplined and fired", Adams said.

Sessions has said his Justice Department is committed to holding individual officers accountable when they break the law.

State and local leaders called for the Justice Department to begin an investigation after Sterling's death.

Sterling, 37, was selling homemade CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart before his deadly confrontation with police.

"I have assigned a prosecutor from the Louisiana Department of Justice to assist", Landry said in a statement. Many locals fear that the DOJ's decision regarding the Sterling case could lead to more protests.

"In light of this, and for the reasons explained below, the federal investigation concluded that this matter is not a prosecutable violation of the federal statutes", the agency said in a statement. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is considering whether to bring state charges.

No federal charges for Baton Rouge officers

Videos of the incident did not conclusively show Sterling's hand when the first shot was sacked, making it impossible to prove the officers' account was untrue, the department said. "Alton was human, he's no longer here but his voice will be heard, though us". Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, said most of the investigation into Sterling's death likely was conducted before Trump took office.

Police in Baton Rouge, the Lousiana capital, said on Wednesday they had arrested three women at a late-night protest on a city highway near police headquarters.

During a 10-month investigation, FBI agents and prosecutors reviewed images of the incident captured by body cameras, cellphones and store surveillance cameras as well as witness accounts and other evidence, the Justice Department said.

"Although the videos do not show Sterling's right hand at the time those shots were fired, they show that Sterling's right hand was not under Officer Salamoni's control".

The email, which was obtained by the Baton Rouge Advocate, cites both senior associate athletics director Miriam Segar and school president F. King Alexander.

The two officers had Sterling pinned on his back when gunfire erupted, moments after someone yelled, "He's got a gun!" Chris Stewart, the attorney who represents two of Sterling's children said that the actions of one of the officers involved, Blaine Salamoni, were "outrageous" and "unexplainable".

They noted that at the second when Salamoni was struggling with Sterling's right arm and shouted Sterling was going for the gun, video recordings that have been publicized and that investigators have not made public do not show where Sterling's right hand was located.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN the department has not communicated a decision to anyone.

The decision not to charge the officers in Baton Rouge has angered activists who say prosecutors are too deferential toward cops and are too quick to let them off. When Sterling moved his hands, Lake shot him with a Taser.

"While many here today and out around Baton Rouge, Louisiana and elsewhere may not agree with their decision today, it is incumbent around here as Louisianians to pull together to make sure peace is maintained to see this process through", Edwards said. 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.


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