Subpoenas filed for AG to turn over documents tied to Alton Sterling investigation
BATON ROUGE- Subpoenas were filed this week in court to force Attorney General Jeff Landry to turn over a number of documents tied to the shooting death of Alton Sterling.
Sterling was killed on July 5, 2016, and the Attorney General is currently investigating the case to see if any charges will result in two Baton Rouge Police officers involved in the incident. Blaine Salamoni and Howie Lake are the officers who have been on leave since the shooting a year and a half ago.
The subpoenas, filed the lawyers of Alton Sterling's family, ask for the following: certified copies and or transcripts of any and all recordings or body camera footage, cell phone records, text messages between BRPD officers in reference to the Sterling shooting, copies of any and all reports made or created by Louisiana State Police, EBR District Attorney, US Attorney, and the complete list of names of witnesses to the shooting.
The subpoena sent to Jeff Landry's office says, "You are hereby commanded to appear at the Office of DeCuir, Clark and Adams, 732 North Blvd., at 10 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2018 and have your oral testimony taken." The subpoena goes on to say Landry's personal appearance is not necessary if the subpoena is satisfied.
"A year and a half and we still don't have closure," Attorney Michael Adams said. "The city is still sitting and waiting to see what happened or what is going to happen. It's unfair that this entire community is still talking about this almost two years later and have not gotten any further down the road then we have."
A formal request for similar documents was also submitted to the City of Baton Rouge.
Six months ago, federal prosecutors released a thorough review of their analysis of the Sterling case. They said that although there were procedural problems with the way the officers acted, it did not rise to the level of a being prosecuted on the federal level.
"They told us this was some of the worst policing they have seen in their careers," Adams said.
Lake and Salamoni remain on leave.
Attorney General Jeff Landry's office said because the investigation is ongoing, no comments would be released.