2 officers in black man's fatal shooting won't be charged

2 officers in black man's fatal shooting won't be charged

The decisions by the State and the Justice Department not to prosecute make the chances criminal prosecution of the two officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, nil.

Two cellphone videos of the shooting quickly spread on social media, leading to nightly protests during which almost 200 people were arrested.

"I know the Sterling family is hurting", Landry said.

Paul also said they need to have a hearing with each officer before any disciplinary action can happen. The death of Clark, who was holding an iPhone at the time that police said they mistook for a gun, has given way to extended protests in that city.

Landry said the state could not proceed with a prosecution of either officer involved based on an extensive review of evidence gathered by federal authorities as well as his office's own investigation.

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Landry said their investigation determined that the officers tried to conduct a "lawful arrest" of Sterling.

Landry did not take any questions from reporters. L. Chris Stewart said investigators did not follow up with witnesses and relied heavily on the two federal investigators who already looked into the case. His spokeswoman, Ruth Wisher, would not say if they planned to release the body camera footage and surveillance video that hasn't been made public.

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, a Baton Rouge Democrat who has been involved with the case since Sterling was killed, said Landry's decision means the family will not get any justice. "It was an unfortunate situation but it was a justified shooting", John McLindon, an attorney for Salamoni, told The AP.

Landry's office announced the decision Tuesday (March 27) after first notifying Sterling's relatives in person. Le'Roi Dunn, a 40-year-old cook, gestured at the spot where Sterling was killed and said it was wrong for the officers to avoid any charges.

"The people of this parish have been civil in their reaction to a long and frustrating process from federal and state authorities and now of course citizens of this parish have every right to peacefully and publicly protest", she said.

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Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the shooting. As a convicted felon, Sterling could not legally carry a gun.

Salamoni fatally shot Sterling during an ensuing scuffle. They reported that Sterling had a gun in his pocket. He then shot him three more times as Sterling sat up on his back.

In May 2017, the US Department of Justice announced it would not press charges against the officers.

Landry said the police officers "used verbal commands" and "several non-lethal techniques to gain control of Mr".

Some fatal shootings still prompt widespread media attention, including the death earlier this month of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot and killed by Sacramento police officers while in his grandmother's backyard.

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Nearly 200 people were arrested in the protests that followed the killing. They attempted to arrest Sterling and after a struggle, Salamoni shot and killed Sterling.

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