State Will Not Charge BRPD Officers In Sterling Shooting

 

No charges will be filed against the two Louisiana police officers involved in the 2016 death of Alton Sterling.

Sterling was shot and killed during a struggle with police outside a convenience store in July.  Cell phone video showing the incident sparked outrage and led to protests across the country.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said today that the state's investigation concluded that the officers attempted to make a lawful arrest of Sterling based on probable cause, and that the officers' actions were well-founded and reasonable.

 

The investigation found that Sterling continued to resist officers commands and was armed with a handgun. The officers also tried using several non-lethal techniques to detain Sterling which were ineffective.

Landry said the state came to the conclusion after countless hours of reviewing evidence and the decision was not taken lightly.

The mayor and police chief of Baton Rouge say there will be a review to determine if additional disciplinary action will be taken against the officers.  Mayor Sharon Weston Broome today Landry's decision is "not the last word" in the case.

Chief Murphy Paul added that an internal police investigation will determine if any policies or procedures were violated during the incident.  He said we wants the hearing completed by this Friday. 

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