REPORT Federal officials close investigation into death of Alton Sterling

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is expected to announce his decision about potential state criminal charges against two police officers in the Alton Sterling case.

Louisiana's top prosecutor announced Tuesday that he will not pursue charges against police officers in the death of Alton Sterling - coming almost two years after the shooting outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store was captured on graphic cellphone video.

Earlier Tuesday, Louisiana's attorney general ruled out state criminal charges against Salamoni or Officer Howie Lake II.

State investigators looked into the case after the U.S. Justice Department announced previous year there wasn't enough evidence to warrant civil rights charges against the two officers.


During a news conference also on Tuesday, Quinyetta McMillon, mother of of one of Sterling's children, reportedly said that the way the officers killed the 37-year-old was "in cold blood".

"With respect to the second series of shots ... experts emphasized that officers are trained to eliminate a threat", the Justice Department wrote, "and that Sterling appeared to pose a threat because he was still moving and his right hand was not visible to Officer Salamoni".

In the press conference, Landry stated that Sterling's toxicology report showed signs of "scheduled and illegal" substances in his system.

Landry said the police officers "used verbal commands" and "several non-lethal techniques to gain control of Mr". After learning neither officer would be charged with federal crimes, dozens of people held a peaceful vigil outside the convenience store where Sterling was shot. "Sterling was under the influence and that contributed to his noncompliance", said Landry, who did not take questions after announcing his decision.


"We will hold a news conference where we will release video footage from all body cameras, store surveillance, and vehicle cams". It also claims poor training and inadequate police procedures led to Sterling's death. Moore's recusal left Landry's office to review evidence and decide whether any state charges were warranted. The officers were responding to a report that Sterling was selling CDs and that he allegedly threatened a man with a gun.

The Baton Rouge Department has not yet announced the outcome of its internal affairs investigation which could include disciplinary action for the officers.

Veda Washington-Abusaleh, Sterling's aunt, was in tears after meeting with Landry. "He was murdered like an animal", she said. One protest that occurred two days later saw five law enforcement officers shot and killed by an African-American ex-serviceman in Dallas. The caller said the man pulled out a gun.

The Justice Department's decision not to pursue charges in the Sterling case marked the first time under Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the department declined to prosecute a police officer investigated for wrongdoing in a high-profile case.


After the shooting, the officers were placed on paid administrative leave.

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