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Lawyer: Sterling family wants indictment in case

4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago July 13, 2016 Jul 13, 2016 Wednesday, July 13 2016 July 13, 2016 11:30 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - An attorney for relatives of a black man who was fatally shot during a struggle with two white Baton Rouge police officers is urging Louisiana's attorney general to "fight for justice" in the case.

The lawyer, Justin Bamberg, told reporters Wednesday that Alton Sterling's family is pleased that the Justice Department is investigating the July 5 shooting but said that's not enough. Bamberg said the family wants an indictment in the case and hopes state Attorney General Jeff Landry's office "one day" will get involved.

In a statement Monday, Landry said he won't have access to details of the federal investigation of Sterling's shooting until it's completed and a decision has been made on potential federal charges.

Bamberg compared Sterling's shooting to the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy last year by two deputy city marshals in Marksville, Louisiana.

Bamberg noted that Landry's predecessor obtained indictments in December against the two black deputies on second-degree murder charges in the death of Jeremy Mardis, who was white.

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