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The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that the two officers who killed Sterling in Baton Rouge last July would not face charges after a almost yearlong investigation. The U.S. Justice Department decided not to charge the two officers, according to a person familiar with the decision who disclosed it to the AP on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

The two officers are on paid administrative leave pending an internal police investigation.

The decision in the Sterling case was the highest profile decision not to bring charges against police officers in a deadly shooting since Jeff Sessions became attorney general.

They reviewed police body camera footage, bystanders' cell-phone videos and surveillance video from the store where the shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. on July 5, 2016. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the shooting. He could go to prison for decades.

Last year, some athletes echoed protesters from the community who were frustrated by the death of Alton Sterling.

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Bates, who is white, has said he confused his stun gun with his handgun.

But the Scott case was unusual. But the key difference here is that Walter Scott in SC - he was shot when he was running away from the officer. Cellphone video contradicts his statements.

An aunt of a black man who was shot and killed in front of a convenience store after an altercation with police last summer says those responsible for his death need to be charged and convicted. "We're not gonna. let rage rule, because it's not over", he said. The governor and Baton Rouge mayor planned a news conferenc.

"It's just much easier to prove, but they still have those same jury considerations", the defense attorney said. A loaded gun was recovered from the 37-year-old man's pocket, prosecutors said.

The write-up also adds that bringing charges against officers in a civil rights case is incredibly hard as prosecutors must meet a high legal standard. "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 DOJ says.

Myra Richardson, an organizer with The Wave, a youth-led activist group in Baton Rouge, said Sterling's case is "representative of the longstanding history of violence that is sanctioned by the state and mistrust in the police".

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Sterling's family held a news conference on Wednesday to call on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to pursue state criminal charges.

MCEVERS: That this case was not going to be prosecuted by the federal Justice Department. The boy's family has not called for federal intervention. It looked over the personnel files of the officers and the department's policies. However, the two could still face state charges.

"We weren't able to provide manpower to those other events because those guys are obligated to be on the streets providing service to the citizens of Baton Rouge", McKneely said.

The way this process has unfolded has also riled local officials.

"We know this is a subject that many of you care deeply about, and we respect and support your right to speak publicly and express your opinions", senior associate athletic director Miriam Segar communicated to the contenders in an email obtained by the Baton Rouge Advocate.

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