The Department of Justice has officially announced that the two Baton Rouge Police Department officers that were involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling will not be charged, citing "insufficient evidence".
Authorities involved in the investigation of Alton Sterling's death have concluded there's not enough evidence to charge either officer involved, said Corey Amundson, acting us attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.
Two attorneys for the Sterling family also told CNN on Tuesday evening they have not heard from the Justice Department on a decision in the case in which two white police officers were involved in the shooting while trying to detain Sterling.
The Department of Justice ruled not to charge officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II in the shooting of Alton Sterling on the federal level.
In a search warrant affidavit, a detective wrote that officers saw the butt of a gun in Sterling's trousers pocket, and "the subject attempted to reach for the gun".
Sterling family attorney Chris Stewart said they learned In a conversation with federal prosecutors and investigators that Salamoni pointed his pistol at Sterling and said, "I'll kill you, bitch". Mya Richardson, an 18-year-old activist, read out Landry's Twitter handle and office phone number over a microphone and urged the crowd to "show him how angry you are". "Because if not, it will be a repeated cycle, where they will feel like they can do something like this again".
After Sterling took his hands off the hood of the auto, the struggle began and the officers and suspect went to the ground.
It's unclear whether the Justice Department will investigate the shooting of the 15-year-old on Saturday. "They are signaling that they do not want to hold any police officer individually or any police department as an institution accountable", Abdullah said.
At the City Hall press conference, Broome said she has not seen the tapes and does not expect to receive them.
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Substantiating federal civil rights charges is a hard endeavor, requiring prosecutors to produce evidence that demonstrates an officer's intent at the time of an incident.
Tuesday's 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. Richardson said organizers will continue to work on behalf of Sterling's family and in the broader fight to end killings of blacks by police. Amundson also says they could not prove the officers knew what they were doing was unreasonable when they shot Sterling.
Salamoni's attorney, John McLindon, said he expects the state will come to the same conclusion as the federal probe.
According to the officers, Sterling reached for a gun as they pinned him to the ground.
Landry said he had taken action "to ensure this matter is investigated by the agency with the most expertise in officer-involved shootings".
The Justice Department said that after the first three shots were fired, Sterling, whose back was to the officers, began to sit up and roll to his left, bringing his right arm across his body toward the ground. During a vigil at the site where Sterling was killed, many expressed disappointment, CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL reported. A father, a nephew has died.
"[His death] was a sacrifice to show everyone what has been going on in life and it should give everyone a push, that everyone should be together, not against each other", he said.
Sessions is still responsible for several ongoing criminal investigations into other high-profile police killings, including the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner in NY and the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland that same year, both of which ignited widespread protests.