Monday, 24 July, 2017

Officers Involved in Alton Sterling's Death Reportedly Won't Be Prosecuted

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Craig Ferguson | 06 May, 2017, 02:45

The report also says the officers saw the butt of a gun in one of Sterling's trousers pockets and saw him try to reach for it before he was shot.

A Justice Department official says a deadly confrontation with two white Louisiana police officers that left a black man dead lasted just 90 seconds.

The Department of Justice said that in order to prosecute the officer who fired the shots - Blane Salamoni - they would have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Salamoni did not reasonably believe that Sterling, who was armed, was reaching for a weapon.

And especially you can imagine how Alton Sterling's family felt reading that and getting a media alert on their phone about it.

In response to the decision, Louisiana congressman and the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Cedric Richmond, said in a statement that he was "extremely disappointed". After Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie's department carried out an initial investigation, he turned the entire case over to the FBI and USA attorneys. Then body-camera footage of the shooting forced Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber to say that he "misspoke". Bamberg also represents relatives of Walter Scott, a 50 year-old, unarmed motorist who was stopped for a busted tail light, then shot in the back multiple times after getting out of his auto and running away. The NAACP said in a statement that the standard is "deeply flawed" and that it "frustrates the meaning of the federal statute created to protect against the deprivation of rights by officers of the state".

Wednesday's decision not to bring federal charges was the first ruling in such a case under President Donald Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

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Although the videos show that Sterling's right hand was not in or near his right pocket, he continued to move after being shot, despite Lake's commands not to, the Justice Department said.

"Being reckless, escalating a situation that may have been de-escalated - those things are not a basis under the law for a federal, criminal (or) civil rights prosecution", Amundson said.

On the night of the incident, Salamoni and Lake responded to calls about a man outside the convenience store where Sterling was killed. At this time, the officers were still attempting to subdue Sterling, who was 6-foot-3 and around 300 pounds. John McLindon said the "stress of the unknown" has been hard on Salamoni and his family. McLindon also expressed confidence that Landry's office will conduct a "thorough" review of the case. But Stinson says it is important to look at the bigger picture, the fact that American police kill about 1,000 people a year and only about 1 percent of those deaths result in criminal charges. A bystander's video shows the police pinning Sterling, a black man, to the ground before shooting him - leading to widespread criticism and renewed "Black Lives Matter" protests.

"It's time Baton Rouge u didn't learn from the police killing", began the post, which has since been deleted along with the account.

Louisiana State University's athletes have competed in the Southeastern Conference since 1932. And the head of the state police sent a letter to Landry saying the state police will help Landry's office if the attorney general decides further evidence collection is necessary.

Edwards said the leaked information also jeopardized carefully-devised public safety plans prepared for the announcement.

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