Governor Edwards attends vigil for Alton Sterling
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is attending a vigil and meeting with federal officials for an update on the investigation into the police shooting death of a Baton Rouge man.
The governor's office said Edwards will attend a 6 p.m. prayer vigil with community and faith leaders as well as other elected officials.
Earlier in the day, he's expected to meet with the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI and state police to get an update on the investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling.
Sterling, who is black, was shot and killed Tuesday by two white Baton Rouge police officers.
The video-recorded killing sparked anger and protests among the black community.
Gov. Edwards addressed criticism of the handing over of the investigation to the Department of Justice on Thursday:
"Well first of all I reject that criticism. The answer is no. The state police will still be involved as they’re called upon to assist in the investigation. And in fact later this afternoon, I will be meeting with the US Attorney for the middle district, Walt Green. I will also be meeting with Jeff Sallet the FBI special agent in charge out of the New Orleans office with Colonel Mike Evanson to make sure we do remain involved. We also have the Attorney General’s office here in Louisiana that is involved in this matter as well. We’re not abdicating anything...we’re making the best decisions to make sure that the situation remains under control here in Baton Rouge and that we don’t experience a more upheaval in this eruption in our communities here in Baton Rouge and around Louisiana."