Louisiana's attorney general announced on Tuesday that two police officers will not face any charges in the 2016 shooting death of an African-American man in the southern USA state, which sparked widespread protests.
Landry made the announcement at a news conference after meeting with family members of Sterling.
"We're going to continue to fight for justice", said another aunt, Veda Washington. They say poor police tactics and techniques may have aggravated the volatile confrontation, which lasted less than 90 seconds.
"Our independent oversight of the investigation and our separate review of the (Sacramento police) department will be based on the facts and the law". "I know that they may not agree with the decision". "Sterling's hands", he said.
Landry did not take any questions from reporters.
The officers' body cameras and a store surveillance camera also recorded the encounter. He reviewed the facts: the end results are the same for the children of Alton Sterling who continue a civil litigation against the police and other parties as justice was denied as in the Department of Justice decision almost a year ago.
"It's a sad day for Baton Rouge", she said after word spread that the officers wouldn't be charged.
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. The other officer is Howie Lake III. His killing and several other fatal police shootings - along with retaliatory attacks on police in the summer of 2016 - became a campaign issue in the presidential election. Sterling's death sparked a wave of protests over the officers' use of deadly force - an encounter that was caught in graphic detail on video. In a report also released Tuesday, Landry's office said that Lake found a.38-caliber pistol in Sterling's right front pocket, and that Sterling was shot six times, each bullet from Salamoni's gun.
The findings from Landry's office were similar to those of the Department of Justice, which sought to determine if officers had violated Sterling's civil rights and whether the shooting was justified.
Federal authorities concluded there wasn't enough evidence to prove Salamoni or Lake willfully deprived Sterling of his civil rights, or that the officers' use of force was objectively unreasonable.
As throughout the struggle for justice for Alton Sterling, to put into jail the two cops who murdered him, people gather at the Triple S convenience store on Foster Boulevard. Cell phone video showed Sterling pinned to the ground by the officers before he was shot; police said Sterling was shot because he was reaching for a gun. Lake shocked Sterling with a stun gun before the officers wrestled him to the ground, according to federal investigators.
"Given the totality of the circumstances - that the officers had been fighting with Sterling and had attempted less-than-lethal methods of control; that they knew Sterling had a weapon; that Sterling had reportedly brandished a gun at another person; and that Sterling was much larger and stronger than either officer, the department can not prove either that the shots were unconstitutional or that they were willful", the department said a year ago in a statement.
"It hurts, though, to see them get away and go on with their lives", Dunn said.
Both officers have been on paid administrative leave since the incident in 2016.
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An attorney for a white Baton Rouge police officer who shot and killed a black man during a struggle says he expects the city's police chief to fire his client.