Fact Check: Are Prosecutors Too Quick To Let The Police Off?

Justin Greene
May 6, 2017

An investigation into the police shooting death of Sterling in Baton Rouge found that there was not enough evidence to prove that the white officers acted unreasonably and willfully, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

The officers still face a state criminal investigation over last summer's shooting of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, the state capital.

On July 5, 2016, two white police officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, responded to a call alleging that a man was threatening someone with a pistol outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge that Sterling routinely sold CDs in front of.

And especially you can imagine how Alton Sterling's family felt reading that and getting a media alert on their phone about it.

"At first, they directed Mr". 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 Washington Post and The New York Times first reported Tuesday that multiple sources told them the US Justice Department, which led the investigation into the shooting, will close its investigation and not seek charges against the officers.

A local activist, Arthur Reed, said he broke the news to Sandra Sterling, Alton Sterling's aunt, in a telephone call after seeing the news reports that neither officer would be charged.

Lake immediately retrieved a loaded.38-caliber revolver from Sterling's right pocket.


Amundson said the Justice Department consulted two independent experts in use of force by police.

According to The Advocate, LSU senior associate athletics director Miriam Segar sent the email, offering counseling to the students in the wake of the decision and writing that the department would support the athletes, but offered a caveat to that support. The federal investigators said at a press conference today that there "will be a state investigation to follow".

McLindon expressed confidence that Landry's office will conduct a "thorough" review of the case. I think it would be preemptive for me to say at this point in time.

The family of a black man who was shot to death by police in Baton Rouge is meeting with federal prosecutors and the FBI. Those federal civil rights include a wide range of coverage, making the possibility of prosecution quite frankly, almost impossible. But drawing any conclusions about the department from those cases is risky, in part because each one is different and because prosecutions of officers are hard and rare no matter the administration.

The DOJ presented the high legal standard to reach in order to bring federal civil rights charges against the officers, "one of the highest standards of intent imposed by law" which requires proof that the officer acted with the specific intent to do something the law forbids. Landry, a Republican, said he's directed the Justice Department to forward its investigative materials to the Louisiana State Police.

Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. But there is a sense here that the numbers of prosecutions are very low when you look at the total number of people shot every year - shot and killed - around a thousand a year.

MCEVERS: As we just heard from our colleague Greg Allen, we have learned some pretty shocking new information about what happened last July. That we knew about.

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