newsmoments.net
newsmoments.net June 24, 2018


Baton Rouge Officers Will Not Be Charged For Alton Sterling's Killing

28 March 2018, 01:02 | Simon Arnold

Baton Rouge Officers Will Not Be Charged For Alton Sterling's Killing

Police Officers Won't Be Charged in Death of Alton Sterling

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced on Tuesday that an investigation determined that the officers' actions were "reasonable", according to CNN.

An announcement will be made during a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Veda Washington-Abusaleh, Sterling's aunt, was in tears after meeting with Landry.

Sterling, a 37-year-old black father of five, was shot six times by officer Blane Salamoni on 5 July 2016.

The Department of Justice said last spring that Salamoni put a gun to Stering's head when Sterling refused the officers' order to put his hands on the hood of a auto. One had been previously involved in the shooting of another black man two years prior that had led to administrative leave.

Image Zoom
Image Zoom

Attorneys for Sterling's relatives have said federal authorities told them Salamoni pointed a gun at Sterling's head and threatened to kill him before the struggle began. As a convicted felon, Sterling could not legally carry a gun. According to federal officials, as related by Sterling's family and attorney, he said: "I'm going to kill you, bitch".

Federal authorities said their ten-month investigation failed to uncover evidence that the officers "willfully" deprived Sterling of his civil rights.

"The seminal question presented is whether Officers Howie Lake and Blane Salamoni can be held criminally responsible for the death of Alton Sterling under applicable laws of the State of Louisiana".

The Attorney General released a report on the full investigation into Alton Sterling's death. The officers told Sterling to put his hands on the hood of a auto and struggled with him when he didn't comply, the Justice Department said.

"The Louisiana Department of Justice can not proceed with a prosecution of either Officer Lake or Officer Salamoni".


The officers first encountered Sterling after responding to a report of a man with a gun outside the Triple S Food Mart.

"We owe this final review to the Baton Rouge community and the Sterling family", he said in a statement Tuesday.

A Reuters photograph captured Iesha Evans in a standoff with police.

At one point, the cell phone videos show, someone shouts, "He's got a gun!"

"This decision was not taken lightly".


"We are confident in our ability to fairly and ethically review law enforcement use of force cases in Sacramento County".

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul says he intends to release body camera and surveillance video of the fatal shooting of a black man after he concludes the disciplinary process for the two white officers involved.

In June 2017, Sterling's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city government and police, alleging a history of excessive-force incidents and racism toward African-Americans.




Other News

Trending Now

Facing felony charge, Michael Bennett turns himself in
Bennett made a brief court appearance Monday where the judge set his bond at $10,000 on a felony count of injury to the elderly. The court imposed a no-contact order for Bennett with Tatman, the complainant, meaning Bennett is not permitted to contact her.

Arizona cops release video of fatal self-driving Uber collision
So says Marta Thoma Hall, president of the company that supplied the car's lidar sensors, Velodyne Lidar Inc., reports Bloomberg . However, there is a way back. "The problem of complacent safety drivers is going to be a problem for every company", she added.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels seven Russian diplomats over United Kingdom spy poisoning
Dublin said it will expel one Russian diplomat, while Chisinau announced it had asked three diplomats to leave the country. The permanent size of the Russian mission has now been cut from 30 to 20 people, according to the Guardian .

Sensex, Nifty cautious ahead of US Fed meet
In the broader market, the BSE mid-cap index fell by 1.07 per cent while the small-cap index shed 1 per cent. At 10.50 a.m, the Sensex was trading up 102.51 points or 0.31% at 33,025.63 with 21 components gaining.

Los Alamitos approves ordinance to opt out of state's sanctuary law
The sanctuary city movement has wide support among elected officials in the left-leaning state, the newspaper said. Rather, the ordinance will place our city in danger of a costly and uphill battle with the State of California.

President Trump Must Face Accusations of 'Apprentice' Contestant
Zervos a phony for telling the truth about his unwanted sexual groping". "No one is above the law", the judge wrote in her ruling. Trump of sexual harassment before he was elected and to subpoena Trump campaign records related to his female accusers.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile Game is Now Available in US
Fortnite on the other hand, which recently launched on iOS as well (currently invite-only ), requires iPhone 6s or newer. However, players in the United States of America and Canada are reporting that they can play it, which is encouraging.

McIlroy switches focus to Masters after WGC Match Play exit
The American needs to win the tournament to replace Dustin Johnson at the top of the world rankings. But a hole later, at the par-5 12th, Watson made a 7-footer for birdie to clinch the match.

Oil Rises To March High On Middle East Tensions, Venezuela Concerns
Official US production and inventory data will be released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) later on Wednesday. Still, investors will be wary of US supplies, which have threatened to undermine OPEC's efforts to eliminate a global glut.

Fortnite BR Blitz Mode is just the right thing for mobile
The closest mobile game competitors, Knives Out and Rules of Survival, made three times less in the same period of time. Sadly, it's a limited time event, so the game mode is available for a specific time.