Louisiana's attorney general plans finally to give an update on whether to indict the White police officers who killed Alton Sterling back in July 2016.
The Justice Department said past year it decided against bringing federal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, concluding that there was "insufficient" evidence to prove that they violated Sterling's civil rights.
Officer Blane Salamoni shot Sterling during a struggle outside a convenience store July 5, 2016. After not complying, one officer tackled Sterling to the ground, while another pointed a gun at Sterling's head.
Felma White, a 63-year-old retired food service worker, wore a shirt adorned with screen-printed news clippings showing Sterling's grieving family and newspaper headlines about the shooting. As with many cases before Alton, the system has prioritized absolving the perpetrators instead of vigorously seeking fairness for the deceased, their family, and the larger communities in which they live.
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.
"We will hold a news conference where we will release video footage from all body cameras, store surveillance, and auto cams".
Federal law sets a very high bar for civil rights charges against officers, requiring that authorities prove an officer's intent at the time of the shooting.
If you need a refresher, Sterling was shot outside a convenience store in June of 2016.
Paul says he hopes to complete the police department's disciplinary process for the two officers involved in Sterling's deadly shooting by Friday. He said the officers acted on the assumption that Sterling was armed while resisting the officers' attempts to arrest him. Landry said it was "reasonable" to conclude Sterling was under the influence of drugs during the struggle with the officers "and that contributed to his non-compliance" with the officers' commands. Salamoni's lawyer, John McLindon, said he anticipated the department will fire both officers for a violation of policies as a result of the shooting, but that both officers are planning to appeal such firing.
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Another attempt was made to verbally get Sterling to obey and submit to custody, but Landry said he flails and Lake II "tases him again for the second time".
Landry's office announced the decision Tuesday (March 27) after first notifying Sterling's relatives in person.
Salamoni fatally shot Sterling during an ensuing scuffle.
Salamoni and Lake are on paid administrative leave. Baton Rouge mayor Sharon Weston Broome said that the city would now investigate the shooting separately.
A Reuters photograph captured Iesha Evans in a standoff with police.
"They're not going to bring charges on anybody".
The heated and tragic atmosphere in Baton Rouge continued after the shooting, with three officers gunned down in an ambush less than two weeks later.
"They took a human away", McMillon said.
Police prepared for another round of protests before the Justice Department announced its decision a year ago, but the response was far more subdued.