Louisiana Will Not Charge Officers in Alton Sterling Shooting

(From WBZR.com)

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has announced the state will not pursue charges against two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling.

According to the AG’s report, both officers responded to a report of a man with a firearm assaulting someone outside the Triple S store on North Foster Drive on July 5, 2016. The pair then spotted Sterling and interrupted him as he was in the middle of a transaction with two women.

The report says Sterling refused to comply with the officers’ commands for him to place his hands on a nearby vehicle. When the officers tried to forcefully control his hands, Sterling reportedly resisted.

From there, the report says Salamoni drew his weapon and threatened to shoot if Sterling did not comply. When Sterling continued to resist Salamoni, he stepped back and ordered Lake to use his Taser. After the Taser proved ineffective, Salamoni tackled Sterling to the ground and tried to gain control of his arms.

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