The department's decision doesn't preclude state authorities from conducting their own investigation of Alton Sterling's fatal shooting last summer and pursuing their own criminal charges in the case.
"In declining to prosecute officers in the July shooting of Alton B. Sterling in Baton Rouge, Mr. Sessions was keeping with - not breaking from - a long standing pattern", the NYT said.
A man has been arrested and booked after he admitted to posting threatening messages on social media after the Alton Sterling decision, according to booking records.
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. He went on to explain that there was not enough evidence to prove that Salamoni and Howie Lake II acted unreasonably and willfully.
Amundson said every agent and prosecutor involved in the probe believed federal charges were not warranted for Salamoni and Lake.More news: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order
Sterling's Aunt Sandra Sterling was inconsolable following her meeting with prosecutors, saying they told her the officer that shot her nephew six times, Blane Salamoni, pointed a gun to Sterling's head during the altercations and said he was going to kill him.
Despite the DOJ decision, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is considering whether to bring state charges. Salamoni then retrieved a loaded.38-caliber revolver from Sterling's pocket.
MCEVERS: Since you became mayor in December, I understand you've worked with the police department to change policies on when to use deadly force.
Amundson admitted that the lethal-force experts did criticize certain aspects of the officers' techniques and approach.
A person familiar with the decision disclosed it to the AP on Tuesday. The arrestees were demonstrating on Airline Highway across from Baton Rouge Police headquarters. The federal investigators said at a press conference today that there "will be a state investigation to follow".More news: After Katrina, This Bollywood Actor Also Poses In Towel For Mario Testino!
Landry said Wednesday he's directed the Justice Department to forward its investigative materials to the Louisiana State Police. He objects to the Justice Department intervening with whole departments, but the fact that federal prosecutors kept up the heat in the Michael Slager case in SC may indicate individual civil rights prosecutions may still happen. "I think in the end, the results going to be the same". Baton Rouge is a city where black people make up less than half of the population and in the United States, black people are more than twice as likely to be killed by an officer, but only make up 13 percent of the USA population.
The write-up also adds that bringing charges against officers in a civil rights case is incredibly hard as prosecutors must meet a high legal standard.
The two officers are on paid administrative leave pending an internal police investigation.
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