Here goes America being America again! Earlier today CNN reported that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that the officers involved in the 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling will not have charges filed against them. This comes after an investigation into the shooting where it was deemed that the officers acted in a “reasonable and justified manner”. This announcement comes months after federal prosecutors determined that civil rights charges wouldn’t be filed against the officers. Landry informed Sterling’s family and they weren’t pleased.
“They’re not going to bring charges on anybody. Why would they do that? This is white America,” Washington-Abusaleh, Sterling’s aunt” said.
Sterling family attorney Chris Stewart was taken aback by the news. He said, “”It takes courage … to fight for justice; we didn’t see that in this situation. But that’s fine, because … we know what the repercussion is: Getting you out of office.”
Alton Sterling was shot and killed by two police officers who approached him outside of a convenience store in July 2016. Sterling was pinned to the ground as he was shot. The police say that the shooting happened because he was reaching for a gun.
- Hanna, Jason. “No Charges to Be Filed in Alton Sterling Death, Louisiana Attorney General.” CNN, Cable News Network, 27 Mar. 2018, www.cnn.com/2018/03/27/us/alton-sterling-investigation/index.html.