Two Baton Rouge, Louisiana officers will not be charged in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, according to The New York Times.
Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, will again serve as the face of a criminal justice system that chronically declines to prosecute law enforcement after police-involved shootings.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced the decision on Tuesday morning, sealing the fate of the investigation just 11 months after the Department of Justice also failed to bring charges in Sterling’s death.
“The Louisiana Department of Justice cannot proceed with a prosecution,” Landry said to a pool gathered to hear the decision.
Sterling was shot and killed shooting on July 5, 2016 after police were called to the Triple S Food Mart to investigate reports that a black man in a red shirt was threatening customers. Once officers arrived a confrontation ensued, leaving Sterling dead. The shooting capture on cell phone video rocked the nation, as the subsequent tragic shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota, followed just one day later.
The decision, although expected, serves a gut punching blow after the recent shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed man who was fatally gunned down by police in Sacramento, California.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information is available.
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Celebrities React To The Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling By Police
1. Zendaya was one of the first celebs to react on social media.
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How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose?— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 6, 2016
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling
2. Diggy Simmons shared his feelings on Twitter.Source: 2 of 16
3. NBA star John Wall simply tweeted Sterling’s name.Source: 3 of 16
4. D.L Hughley spoke out on cops wearing body cams.Source: 4 of 16
5. Justin Timberlake pleaded for the killings to stop
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HAS. TO. STOP. Devastating. https://t.co/C9Q0YePRMr— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 6, 2016
6. He continued.Source: 6 of 16
7. Iggy Azalea tweeted for justiceSource: 7 of 16
8. Nick Jonas shared his thoughts
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This is so disturbing and wrong. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of #AltonSterling— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) July 6, 2016
9. Activist Deray Mckesson shared his disbelief.
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#AltonSterling could've been me, or you, or my uncle, or my father. & they killed him so easily. It was just so easy for them to kill him.— deray (@deray) July 6, 2016
10. Samira Wiley wants the media to “Say His Name.”
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#AltonSterling. Say his name.— Samira Wiley (@samirawiley) July 6, 2016
11. Karrueche shared her condolences.
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Love and prayers to Baton Rouge #AltonSterling— Karrueche Tran (@karrueche) July 6, 2016
12. Amy Schumer sent her love.Source: 12 of 16
13. NBA star Jeremy Lin expressed his frustration.Source: 13 of 16
14. Angie Martinez expressed her shock.
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Watching a murder on twitter is not ok man. Heartbreaking. And Infuriating. God help us all. #AltonSterling— Angie Martinez (@angiemartinez) July 6, 2016
15. Bernie Sanders suggests a solutionSource: 15 of 16
16. Tyler James Williams shared his thoughtsSource: 16 of 16
SOURCE: The New York Times
Baton Rouge Officers Who Fatally Shot Alton Sterling Will Walk Free was originally published on hellobeautiful.com