State will not pursue charges against officers in Alton Sterling shooting
The East Baton Rouge Coroner has also released the results of Sterling's autopsy, revealing that he had several drugs in his system, including cocaine and methamphetamine in his system at the time of the shooting. You can see the toxicology results HERE.
You can read more on the report and possible disciplinary action from BRPD by clicking HERE.
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Attorney General's decision regarding its state-level investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling is imminent, WBRZ has learned.
According to the attorney general's office, an announcement will be made during a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The state decision concerns a localized investigation and focused on elements federal authorities were not allowed to determine last year. In May 2017, the US Justice Department said Sterling's shooting death did not rise to the level of a civil rights violation.
In order to federally charge the officers involved, the Department of Justice "would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers acted willfully with the specific intent to do something that the law forbids,” then-Acting US Attorney Corey Amundson said.
Amundson said that in order to federally charge the officers, "we must establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers’ use of force was objectively unreasonable based on the circumstances at the time and based on their perceptions at the time."
"Under this standard, it is not enough to show an officer acted recklessly or with negligence or acted with a specific intent or by mistake, exercise bad judgment, use poor tactics or even that the officer escalated the situation where he could have de-escalated. Those things are not violations under federal criminal civil rights laws," Amundson said.
Any decision regarding reckless or negligence would fall under the scope of authorities in Louisiana.
Since then, Attorney General Jeff Landry has directed the Department of Justice to forward investigative materials to the Louisiana State Police. Troopers conducted a state investigation. Additionally, Landry said he assigned a special prosecutor from the Louisiana Department of Justice to assist.
The group has reportedly made its decision and are prepared to release their findings.
Baton Rouge Police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II were involved in the shooting death in July 2016. Officer Salamoni and Officer Lake have been on administrative leave since.
The mothers of Alton Sterling's children and their attorneys will hold a press conference following the announcement.
WBRZ plans extensive coverage when the decision is made public. Watch for more on later editions of WBRZ News 2 newscasts and WBRZ.com.
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