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State decision expected in officer-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling

State decision expected in officer-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling

Prosecutors in Louisiana have decided not to charge the white Baton Rouge cops involved in the fatal 2016 shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man whose death sparked widespread protests.

Landry said that the officers "attempted to make a lawful arrest of Alton Sterling based upon probable cause", and acted on the presumption that Sterling was armed while resisting arrest. "I pray that God blesses and keeps the Sterling family through his hard time".

Officer Blane Salamoni shot and killed Sterling during a struggle outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old black man was selling homemade CDs.

Two cellphone videos of the shooting quickly spread on social media, leading to protests at which almost 200 people were arrested. "I know that they may not agree with the decision".

The Attorney General released a report on the full investigation into Alton Sterling's death.

The announcement comes almost two years after Sterling's death.

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 was murdered like an animal", Sterling's aunt, Veda Washington-Abusaleh, told reporters in video posted on social media by local media after being informed by Landry's office that no charges would be brought.

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"The way they killed him was in cold blood", she added. At the time, police said that Sterling had been reaching for a gun.

The U.S. Department of Justice in 2017 declined to charge officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II in the July 6, 2016 incident.

After the hearings, Paul said, police will release four additional videos: two body camera recordings; one from a store surveillance camera; and one from the dashboard camera in a patrol vehicle.

Afterward, the camera captures Sterling with a large bloodstain on his chest as an officer on the ground next to him keeps his gun pointed at him.

Federal authorities said their ten-month investigation failed to uncover evidence that the officers "willfully" deprived Sterling of his civil rights.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul says he intends to release body camera and surveillance video of the fatal shooting of a black man after he concludes the disciplinary process for the two white officers involved. Lake shocked Sterling with a stun gun before the officers wrestled him to the ground, according to federal investigators.

At one point, the cell phone videos show, someone shouts, "He's got a gun!" "As we move into this next phase of the investigation, I continue to ask the people of Louisiana to pray for Alton's family, the community of North Baton Rouge where he lived, the law enforcement officials who protect us every day, and our great state".


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