Why the feds did not file charges in Alton Sterling's death

Raquel Nash
May 6, 2017

Even as the U.S. Department of Justice was preparing to announce that its investigation had cleared the two white police officers who fatally shot an armed black man past year in Baton Rouge, the state government of Louisiana announced its own investigation into the shooting.

In announcing its decision to not bring charges in Sterling's death, the Justice Department laid out how and why it came to its conclusion.

Did Baton Rouge police officers know they were going too far in using lethal force against Alton Sterling and choose to do it anyway, violating his federal civil rights?

LSU's athletic department sent an email to its student-athletes on Wednesday regarding the latest developments in the Alton Sterling case.

During a 10-month probe, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and prosecutors reviewed images of the incident captured by body cameras, mobile phones and store surveillance cameras as well as witness accounts and other evidence.

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COREY AMUNDSON: Based on the evidence of this particular case, we have all concluded, every single agent and prosecutor on this case, that there simply is not sufficient evidence to proceed with a federal charge. As the cases of Jordan Edwards and Alton Sterling demonstrate, we don't have the luxury of giving any one tragedy our heart's full attention. The officers shoot Sterling not once, but multiple times while sitting on his body, ending his life. "Sterling's right pocket and retrieve a.38-caliber revolver, which was loaded", Amundson added.


Amundson admitted that the lethal-force experts did criticize certain aspects of the officers' techniques and approach.

The Justice Department's decision may not be the final legal chapter, however, because state authorities will conduct their own investigation. However, the two could still face state charges.

Moore's recusal left Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to decide whether to have his own office review evidence for possible state charges or to appoint another district attorney to 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. If a cashier can be recorded day and night for both their safety and the safety of the company (theft) than it would seem only right that the same should be said for our officers. Michael Slager, the former SC officer who was caught on video shooting a fleeing black man in the back, just pleaded guilty in federal court to deprivation of rights under the color of law.

Racial tensions in Baton Rouge were simmering when a Black military veteran from Missouri ambushed and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and wounded three others before being shot dead on July 17. Authorities in such cases must meet a hard standard of proof, a challenge that has complicated prosecutions in past police shootings.

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MCEVERS: As we just heard from our colleague Greg Allen, we have learned some pretty shocking new information about what happened last July. Also please know that if you need to talk at any time, we have counselors available at [redacted].

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