Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Police Officers Who Fatally Shot Alton Sterling Won't Be Charged

Police Officers Who Fatally Shot Alton Sterling Won't Be Charged

Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge in July 2016.

Salamoni fatally shot Sterling during an ensuing scuffle.

In June 2017, Sterling's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, alleging a history of excessive-force and racism toward African-Americans.

Landry's office also released a 34-page report which said Sterling's body tested positive for opioids, cocaine and other drugs, results that "clearly indicated that he was under the influence of a combination of illegal substances", this report stated. "They said it was justifiable, what happened to Alton was justifiable".

The officers told investigators that after the first three shots, they believed Sterling was attempting to reach into his right pocket again, which led Salamoni to fire the final three shots into Sterling's back.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on May 3, 2017, that its 10-month investigation failed to find any evidence to prove that Salamoni and Lake "willfully" violated Sterling's civil rights.

"This decision was not taken lightly", Landry told a press conference.

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

Landry made the announcement of no charges against the officers at a news conference after meeting with family members of Sterling.

Landry did not take any questions from reporters. Videos recorded by nearby surveillance cameras and by vehicle dashboards and police body cameras have not been released.

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Landry said their investigation determined that the officers tried to conduct a "lawful arrest" of Sterling.

Paul says he hopes to complete the police department's disciplinary process for the two officers involved in Sterling's deadly shooting by Friday.

"That's when Officer Salamoni draws his taser with ill effect", he said. "Mr".

That weapon, Landry later said, was a "loaded.38 caliber firearm".

"Both try to get control of Sterling's hands while he continues to resist", the prosecutor said.

Residents at the convenience store where Sterling was killed said they weren't surprised by Landry's decision. On July 5, 2016, Salamoni and Lake responded to a 911 call claiming that a man with a gun was threatening people outside of the Triple S Food Mart.

The two officers are on paid administrative leave, Salamoni's lawyer said. The two officers involved in the shooting ultimately went on to stand trial, and today, CNN has revealed that no charges will be filed.

Louisiana's attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against the two white officers.

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.

The announcement makes Sterling's death the latest high-profile police shooting to end without charges for officers involved, following on the heels of federal authorities past year declining to prosecute either officer in the case.

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