The Louisiana Attorney General's office will not file charges against the two Baton Rouge Police officers who fatally shot Alton Sterling.
Attorney General Landry's spokeswoman declined comment on a planned meeting Tuesday morning with relatives of Sterling, saying only that it will have an update at a news conference Tuesday on the investigation into his 2016 shooting death.
L. Chris Stewart, an attorney representing Sterling's family, said they were disappointed by the decision.
The Justice Department said a year ago it decided against bringing federal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, concluding that there was "insufficient" evidence to prove that they violated Sterling's civil rights. Just before the shooting, one of those officers yelled that Sterling had a gun.
Landry said drugs were found in Sterling's system and that could have contributed to Sterling's "noncompliance" with commands from officers.
"He was murdered by two white racist police officers".
Officer Blane Salamoni shot and killed Sterling during a struggle outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old black man was selling homemade CDs. "They took a father away", she said.
During a 10-month probe, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and prosecutors reviewed images of the incident captured by body cameras, mobile phones and store surveillance cameras as well as witness accounts and other evidence. Believing Sterling was the man referenced in the 911 call, officers and Sterling scuffled which led to Sterling's tragic death. "We came to this conclusion after countless hours of reviewing the evidence", Landry said. The suit accuses the Baton Rouge Police Department of lax training and poor procedures as factors that caused Sterling to be shot and killed.
Landry's office also released a 34-page report which said Sterling's body tested positive for opioids, cocaine and other drugs, results that "clearly indicated that he was under the influence of a combination of illegal substances", this report stated.
The Baton Rouge Police Department should conduct a review to determine if disciplinary action should be taken, Edwards said.
Of those officers, 41 have not been convicted, a lot of them acquitted by juries or during a bench trial, he said.
Another attempt was made to verbally get Sterling to obey and submit to custody, but Landry said he flails and Lake II "tases him again for the second time". Officer Blane Salamoni shot and killed Sterling during the struggle. In a summary of its findings, the Justice Department said Salamoni pointed his gun at Sterling's head but didn't mention any verbal threats by the officer.
The officers first encountered Sterling after responding to a report of a man with a gun outside the Triple S Food Mart.
The death of Alton Sterling was a tragedy that evoked deep grief and anger across Baton Rouge and Louisiana.
The two officers are on paid administrative leave, Salamoni's lawyer said.