NYT Defends Sessions' Decision Not To Charge White Cops In Sterling Case

06 May, 2017, 02:50 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • US attorney details why no charges in Alton Sterling case

"Both experts criticized techniques, but determined (the officers') actions were not unreasonable", Amundson said, considering that Sterling had a.38-caliber revolver that was retrieved from his pocket following the shooting. One officer pointed the gun at Sterling's chest and three gunshots were heard, although the shooting itself wasn't recorded since by then the camera had moved away from the scene.

Outside the convenience store, dozens of people gathered Tuesday upon hearing the news and held a vigil.

Veda Sterling led a crowd of several dozen people in chants of "No justice, no peace!"

"Open up your heart, your eyes, and give us the justice that we deserve", said Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Sterling's oldest son.

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The family spokesman also said that Salamoni walked up to Sterling when he first arrived on scene, put a gun to his head and told Sterling, "I'm going to shoot you in your f***ing head".

MCEVERS: What's the family saying about that?

"I am appalled that this news, whether true or false, has been disseminated without a formal decision being relayed to the Sterling family first", Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement on social media. That investigation - announced Wednesday - will focus on whether the officers' actions violated any state laws. An attorney for Lake did not return a call seeking comment.

Rain falls outside the Triple S Food Mart where Alton Sterling was fatally shot and killed by Baton Rouge Police officers last July, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 3, 2017.

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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. Prosecutors have known for months that it would be extremely hard to bring charges, particularly because Mr.

And while Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he believes sweeping federal investigations of police departments can hurt officer morale and undermine crime-fighting, he has also promised his Justice Department will prosecute individual officers who break the law.

Between 1995 and 2015, according to a report from the the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, almost all-a whopping 96%-of the civil-rights complaints against law enforcement got turned down by U.S. attorney's offices around the country.

ALLEN: Well, the family I don't think actually expected to get federal civil rights charges out of this because it's a very high standard. But he also believes too much federal scrutiny of police departments can diminish officers' effectiveness and hurt morale, and has ordered a sweeping review of federal consent decrees that force cities to agree to major policing overhauls.

On the night of the incident, Salamoni and Lake responded to calls about a man outside the convenience store where Sterling was killed.

Who is going to argue that there aren't more Alton Sterlings and Walter Scotts and Jordan Edwardses to come?

He emphasized that the entire time the officers and Sterling were on the ground lasted 27 seconds, meaning that decisions were made in a split-second manner. The Justice Department, has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of Sterling, whose death was captured on cell phone video, fueling protests in Louisiana's capital and beyond. A coroner's report on Sterling's autopsy has been sealed.

That's the key in most of these cases of officers who shoot - what was the danger they reasonably perceived at the moment? The investigation found "insufficient evidence" for federal criminal charges against the police. "There is no reason they should have read about the decision in the media with no direct contact from Justice officials for days", he said. The 2016 killing sparked widespread protests. There were concerned about their safety, and did they unreasonably use force to deprive him of his of his civil rights?

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