No charges over black man's police shooting in Louisiana

Civil rights activists are watching closely for clues to how the Trump administration's Justice Department intends to handle racially charged shootings by police.

A person familiar with the decision disclosed it to the AP on Tuesday.

Video shows an officer rushing Sterling and pulling him to the ground.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Wednesday he's directed the U.S. Department of Justice to forward its investigative materials to the Louisiana State Police. She said no one locally "was satisfied with the way this decision rolled out". "He's no longer here but his voice still will be heard, through us". It was one in a series of high-profile police killings of black men that inflamed debate over police treatment of minorities. Ten days later, a man shot six police officers in Baton Rouge, killing three.

In confirming no death-investigation/" target="_blank">charges would be brought against the police, the department said Mr Sterling was armed and refused to follow commands. It was held at the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge.

Sterling's son wiped tears after the decision on Wednesday.

"It is important for the public to know that this matter will be handled by the most professional and proficient law enforcement use of force team in Louisiana", Landry's statement continued.

The recusal led to the Justice Department taking over the investigation of the Sterling case, but Landry stated at that time that his office would be ready to act as soon as the federal investigation was completed.

He emphasized that the entire time the officers and Sterling were on the ground lasted 27 seconds, meaning that decisions were made in a split-second manner.

"The governor's office has not been notified of a timeline or decision regarding the Alton Sterling investigation", Richard Carbo said.

This comes as the Justice Department has refused to charge two police officers in the July 5, 2016, convenience store shooting of Sterling.

A police report says Sterling was initially jolted with a stun gun after he didn't comply with the officers' commands to put his hands on the hood of a vehicle. They were reportedly responding to a 911 caller who said that Sterling had threatened someone with a gun. Three women were arrested at a protest on a city highway late on Tuesday night, though a vigil at the scene where Sterling was killed was peaceful. "I don't think that we can draw any conclusions" from Wednesday's decision, she said. "We need closure. We need conviction".

John McLindon, Salamoni's attorney, said he can't comment until he reads an official report from the Justice Department.

U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said Wednesday that the investigation into the death of Alton Sterling couldn't prove that the officers acted unreasonably and willfully.

It comes a day after the white Charleston police officer who shot Walter Scott dead accepted a plea deal which could see him jailed for life.

The legal standard for prosecuting police officers for federal civil rights violations is relatively high. Authorities in such cases must meet a hard standard of proof, a challenge that has complicated prosecutions in past police shootings. Stewart said that he was told in a meeting with Department of Justice officials that Salamoni walked up to Sterling, pointed a gun to his head and said "I'm going to shoot you, b****".

"There has already been a very thorough investigation, where the type of work that the state police would do had it been the principal agency investigating this matter from the outset, has already been done", Edwards said.

Nonetheless, the probe concluded that - although videos show Sterling's right hand was not in or near his right pocket - he was continuing to move, even after being shot three times.

During the scuffle, the police claimed that Sterling was reaching for a gun. Sterling, whose death was captured on video, was selling CDs in front of a convenience store when he was confronted by the police. Police said video showed that the auto Jordan was in was moving away from police, not going toward them in reverse, as the Balch Springs Police Department originally claimed.



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