Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA: The two Baton Rouge Officers involved in the July 5, 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling won’t be charged with any crime, Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry announced today. According to Landry, the state concluded that officers had attempted to make a lawful arrest of Sterling based upon probable cause and the state’s investigation had determined the police officers’ use of force had been “well founded and reasonable under the circumstances and under Louisiana law.”
The state of Louisiana’s investigation came to the same conclusion that the U.S. Department of Justice had and ruled that “both officers acted in a reasonable and justifiable manner.”
Landry extended his condolences to Sterling’s family “regardless of the circumstances” at a press conference to release the results of the state’s investigation on March 27.
On May 3, 2017, the acting U.S. Attorney for Louisiana delivered his decision not to prosecute anyone for Sterling’s death, and the conclusion of the federal investigation effectively cleared the path for the state’s own investigation, Landry said.
The attorney general’s office sent investigators to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) office to get the evidence, and Louisiana began their own investigation.
The attorney general said that the state conducted “an examination and a re-examination” of a “voluminous” amount of investigative materials, and launched its own investigation – which included re-interviewing eyewitnesses.
“Let me be very clear, our objective was to conduct a full and through examination” before any conclusions were drawn,” the attorney general said, stressing that the state’s investigators had not rushed anything.
The state’s investigation concluded that the arrest had been lawful and the use of force had been justified, according to both state and federal use of force experts Landry said.
The officers will will not be charged despite the fact that Alton Sterling was unarmed, he was laying flat on the ground with two officers on top of him when he was was shot three times at point blank range. Then while laid out on the ground not moving, Alton Sterling was shot three more times.