Louisiana will not charge officers for fatal Alton Sterling shooting

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Police said they believed Sterling was trying to pull a loaded gun out of his pocket when Salamoni opened fire.

Louisiana's attorney general plans finally to give an update on whether to indict the White police officers who killed Alton Sterling back in July 2016.

The office of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is deciding whether the officers should face any state criminal charges, such as manslaughter.

The conclusions on Tuesday come after U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana Corey Amundson, last year expressed publicly that after an "exhaustive, nearly year-long" federal investigation, they declined to pursue charges against either Salamoni or Lake II.

Upon review of the evidence, Landry said Salamoni and Lake reacted understandably considering the circumstances the officers were under at the time of the shooting.

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The Tuesday revelation came as Landry announced there would be no criminal charges against the two officers in the Alton Sterling's 2016 death. Sterling was black and both officers are white. After learning neither officer would be charged with federal crimes, dozens of people held a peaceful vigil outside the convenience store where Sterling was shot.

Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge in July 2016. He said the evidence available to state investigators showed that the officers had not acted outside the bounds of the law.

Landry said today that Sterling "clearly matched a description" placed provided by a 911 caller, which described a man selling compact discs in front of the food mart. His spokeswoman, Ruth Wisher, would not say if they planned to release the body camera footage and surveillance video that hasn't been made public. It also claims poor training and inadequate police procedures led to Sterling's death. They reported that Sterling had a gun in his pocket. A day after Sterling's death prompted outrage and protests, an officer in Minnesota shot and killed Philando Castile, a school cafeteria worker, during a traffic stop, the aftermath of which was streamed live on Facebook.

Sterling's death in Baton Rouge was one of a number of killings of black men by white officers that helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement and raised questions about racial bias in US policing.

Sterling was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store in 2016.

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"The people of this parish have been civil in their reaction to a long and frustrating process from federal and state authorities and now of course citizens of this parish have every right to peacefully and publicly protest", she said.

Attorneys for Sterling's relatives have said federal authorities told them Salamoni pointed a gun at Sterling's head and threatened to kill him before the struggle began.

The Justice Department's decision not to pursue charges in the Sterling case marked the first time under Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the department declined to prosecute a police officer investigated for wrongdoing in a high-profile case.

Both officers were placed on administrative leave but faced no further punishment.

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