Louisiana officers in black man's shooting will not be charged: newspapers
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis May 03, 2017,
May 03, 2017, 9:27
Sterling's family have said they have not been contacted by the justice department.
As news broke that officers who killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last July would not face charges, family members struggled to comprehend the decision, and how they came to learn of it.
In Baton Rouge last summer, police arrested almost 200 protesters following Sterling's death, which occurred a day before another black man was killed by police in Minnesota.
Before the fatal shooting, officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II are seen pinning Sterling to the pavement outside a convenience store in the video. When officers approached Sterling in the parking lot of the convenience store, "an altercation between Sterling and officers ensued", said police.
According to sources familiar with the case, the Justice Department will close the investigation in the next 24 hours.
"Also, no one in my office or the governor's office has been notified by the US Attorney's office of a decision or timeline", Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement.
Police pinned Sterling to the ground, then shot him multiple times.
Several African Americans who represent Baton Rouge said the way in which the Sterling decision has been apparently announced will not help calm people who are angry about the decision and may be inclined to protest. The Justice Department's decision doesn't preclude state authorities from conducting their own investigation and pursuing their own criminal charges. Three Baton Rouge police officers died on July 17 in what officials called a calculated attack by a black former Marine, killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
"We hope that Michael's acceptance of responsibility will help the Scott family as they continue to grieve their loss", Slager's defense lawyers said in a statement. For instance, the Baton Rouge Metro Council reportedly approved spending more than $2 million to purchase body cameras for police officers in the city.
"We have not received word, nor has the family been given any notice of upcoming updates regarding this case", he said. Later that week, a black man who said he was motivated by outrage over white police officers killing black men gunned down five police officers in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter rally.
Police were called after reports of a man threatening people with a gun outside a shop.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN the department has not communicated to anyone a decision. A detective wrote in the search warrant affidavit that officers had observed the butt of a gun in Sterling's front trousers pocket. Salamoni's father, Noel Salamoni, is a Baton Rouge police captain.