The officers claim to have seen the butt of a gun in one of Sterling's trousers pockets but the video footage of the confrontation reveals Sterling being pinned down by two officers yelling "He's got a gun!" And Martin, does the Justice Department decision not to prosecute in Baton Rouge surprise you?
The DOJ announced on Tuesday that it would not press charges against the two white officers, who shot Sterling dead while apprehending him in front of a store in Baton Rouge last July.
LSU's athletic department sent an email to its student-athletes on Wednesday regarding the latest developments in the Alton Sterling case.
Reed says she broke down crying and is "heartbroken", not only because of the decision but because the Justice Department did not notify the family first. But just in case, Live After 5 in downtown Baton Rouge and a 5K scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled. The shooting was recorded by multiple bystanders.
Seconds later, Sterling sat up with his back toward the officers, who were telling him to "get on the ground". Prosecutors said they could not prove the officers acted unreasonably.
Relatives of the slain 37-year-old Alton Sterling are urging state authorities to bring charges following Wednesday's official announcement that neither officer will face federal criminal charges.
Obama's attorney general Eric Holder called for lowering this standard, but the push went nowhere, and this is unlikely to change under the Trump administration.
L. Chris Stewart, an attorney representing the Sterling family said he believes the state has "a phenomenal case against these officers".
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It is hard to predict how broadly the waivers would affect the millions of people with pre-existing conditions. However, he criticized "this idea that pre-existing conditions should be used to set rates".
Amundson said every agent and prosecutor involved in the probe believed federal charges were not warranted for Salamoni and Lake.
Officer Salamoni and Officer Howard Lake II were responding to a call at the Triple S convenience store that night of a man who had allegedly threatened someone with a weapon.
The officers told Sterling to put his hands on the hood of a auto and struggled with him when he didn't comply, Amundson said.
"It is not enough to show that the officer made a mistake, acted negligently, acted by accident or mistake, or even exercised bad judgment", the department said. The federal investigators said at a press conference today that there "will be a state investigation to follow". John McLindon said the "stress of the unknown" has been hard on Salamoni and his family.
There is no timetable for the state investigation into the Sterling shooting.
McLindon expressed confidence that Landry's office will conduct a "thorough" review of the case. "I think in the end, the results going to be the same".
Sterling's death was captured on cellphone video and sparked widespread protests over the treatment of black men by police. The post read "It's time Baton Rouge u didn't learn from the police killing n Baton Rouge".
A disagreement appeared to be developing about who's in charge of investigating whether state criminal charges should be filed. Family members had earlier expressed frustration at the decision, and about how they first found out about it initially through media reports. But the federal investigation into possible civil rights violations by the officers was seen as problematic.