No charges for La. officers in Alton Sterling's shooting death

No charges for La. officers in Alton Sterling's shooting death

Louisiana's attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man whose death fuelled widespread protests.

Landry's decision comes almost 11 months after federal investigators announced they would not seek charges against the officers for any violations of Sterling's civil rights.

Officer Blane Salamoni's lawyer, John McLindon, says it's "grossly unfair" that Police Chief Murphy Paul plans to hold a disciplinary hearing less than a week after the end of a criminal investigation of Alton Sterling's July 2016 shooting death.

The Tuesday revelation came as Landry announced there would be no criminal charges against the two officers in the Alton Sterling's 2016 death.

Landry told reporters the two Baton Rouge officers gave verbal instructions and tried non-lethal methods to subdue Sterling.

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Racial tensions were still simmering in Louisiana's capital when Gavin Long, a 29-year-old black military veteran from Kansas City, Missouri, ambushed police officers near a auto wash on July 17, 2016.

Police shot Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, six times during the July 2016 incident.

AG Landry said both officers acted in a "justified and reasonable" matter. Expanding on the decision, Landry claimed that "countless hours" went into examining the evidence.

Sterling's five children also filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the officers previous year.

Landry said his office reviewed all of the evidence compiled by the Justice Department and also conducted its own interviews of eyewitnesses. Apparently, it was enough that Sterling failed to comply with the officer's orders, even though there was no visible proof that Sterling even reached for a gun in the first place.

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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. After Sterling was shot, Lake found and removed a loaded.38 caliber handgun from Sterling's right front pocket, according to Landry's office.

This comes as activists in Sacramento are putting pressure on District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert to make a swift decision to indict the police officers who killed Stephon Clark, who was unarmed when cops fired at him at least 20 times on March 18.

Sterling's death led to a series of protests across the nation.

They encountered the father of five outside the mart selling bootleg CDs like he always did locals said.

Attorneys for Sterling's relatives have said federal authorities told them Salamoni pointed a gun at Sterling's head and threatened to kill him before the struggle began. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground, but Lake didn't fire his gun. As we move into this next phase of the investigation, I continue to ask the people of Louisiana to pray for Alton's family, the community of North Baton Rouge where he lived, the law enforcement officials who protect us every day, and our great state.

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Salamoni and Lake have remained on paid administrative leave since the July 5, 2016, shooting.

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