Who will run Louisiana's investigation into the Alton Sterling shooting?

No Federal Charges In The Death Of Alton Sterling

The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that federal charges would not be brought against the two police officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, the African-American man killed last July in Baton Rouge, Lousiana.

Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson announced that the DOJ found "that insufficient evidence exists to charge either officer with a federal crime in connection with this incident" in a separate press conference held just before Edwards and Broome took to the podium. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said that while he had been precluded from investigating the matter while the Justice Department did its work, he would now launch a state probe. The convenience store owner said officers twice deployed the devices before the shooting.

The Department of Justice's investigation of Sterling's shooting death focused on those questions.

The videos show Sterling scuffling with Salamoni and Lake after they responded to a caller's complaint that Sterling had threatened the caller with a gun outside the Triple S Food Mart.

However, Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who oversees the state police, said the investigation is in Landry's hands.

As the sun set Tuesday evening, Veda Sterling, Alton Sterling's aunt, told the crowd gathered at the convenience store that the family was "suffering like it was yesterday".

Some said they feared tensions would increase in the coming days.

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Federal investigators also said two witnesses told them that they could see Sterling's right hand and it wasn't in his pocket.

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Sterling was killed last July after two officers wrestled him to the ground and opened fire from close range in an incident that was caught on video by eyewitnesses.

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Landry has said he wouldn't have access to the federal investigation on Sterling's shooting until it was completed.

"It is important for the public to know that this matter will be handled by the most professional and proficient law enforcement use of force team in Louisiana", Landry said, noting that State Police often do investigations of shootings involving police officers.

Baton Rouge Police said Wednesday morning that they arrested three women around midnight and charged them with various criminal counts, including aggravated obstruction of a highway, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer and illegal carrying of a weapon. Each had two prior "use of force" complaints against them, and they were cleared in all four of those cases, internal affairs records indicate.

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"When the subject attempted to reach for the gun from his pocket, the officers fired their police-issued duty weapon at the subject to stop the threat", the document reads.

Therefore, this matter now needs to be investigated for possible state criminal violations. The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of Sterling, whose death was captured on cell phone video, fueling protests in Louisiana's capital and beyond.

As of nightfall on Wednesday, the streets of Baton Rouge were quiet, with a few protesters gathering under intermittent rain. One of the officers appears to yell, "He's got a gun!" and then shots ring out.

For numerous same reasons described above, the Department of Justice concluded the evidence was insufficient to prove the officers' actions were a willful violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Police eventually manage to pin Sterling to the ground, with one officer straddling him.

"It is not enough to show that the officer made a mistake, acted negligently, acted by accident or mistake, or even exercised bad judgment", the department said. The report also says the officers saw the butt of a gun in one of Sterling's trousers pockets and saw him try to reach for it before he was shot. He cited videos released at the time of the shooting in which officers shout that Sterling has a gun before shooting him. From the moment when Officer Lake gave his first order to Sterling, through the firing of the final shot, the entire encounter lasted less than 90 seconds.

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