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Federal Government (DOJ) Making Alton Sterling Investigation Announcement in Baton Rouge Now – Declining to Prosecute Officers

UPDATE: Attorney General Jeff Landry Statement on Sterling Investigation (See below.)

Go here to watch the live coverage and hopefully a recording afterward:

http://www.wwltv.com/news/governors-office-doj-announcement-in-alton-sterling-case-coming-today/436285309

Also, see this local news site for coverage.

The federal government is making an announcement about its investigation into a police officer’s shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge at 1 p.m. Wednesday (May 3) – declining to prosecute the officers under federal civil rights statutes. Federal officials also met with Sterling’s family and attorneys beforehand at 11 a.m. Both meetings taking place at the federal courthouse in downtown Baton Rouge.

Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson, the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division, and the FBI field office in New Orleans are involved in the 1 p.m. announcement. National news outlets reported Tuesday that Justice officials have decided not to bring federal criminal charges against the two officers involved in Sterling’s death. But the federal government has not revealed what its decision is publicly or to the Sterling family yet.  It is doing so now.

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards are expected to hold a press conference reacting to the federal government’s announcement 30 minutes after the justice department’s announcement. The Edwards administration expects not only a decision in the Sterling investigation to come out Wednesday, but also a report on the investigation.

We will update this post once we know more.  We are very concerned that this decision will be a catalyst for civil unrest.   Our Louisiana chapter is working hard within the local community to help in any way we can.

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UPDATE:

Attorney General Jeff Landry Statement on Sterling Investigation

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following statement regarding the Alton Sterling investigation:

“Today, the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) released its findings in the death of Alton Sterling.

In the hours after this July 5, 2016 tragedy, state and local elected officials – as well as community leaders – requested an independent federal investigation by the USDOJ. That precluded state investigations until the federal investigation concluded.

At this time, and due to the nature of their investigation, my office has not been privy to any investigative materials created and collected by the USDOJ. Therefore, I cannot and will not comment on their findings beyond that they were made after an exhaustive investigation and a thorough review of the evidence.

The USDOJ’s review of this matter was to determine violations of federal law: specifically, federal civil rights laws. To date, this matter has not been investigated or reviewed for possible violations of the Louisiana Criminal Code.

 Therefore, this matter now needs to be investigated for possible state criminal violations. In order to ensure this matter is investigated by the agency with the most expertise in officer-involved shootings – I have directed the USDOJ to securely forward their investigative materials to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) to conduct the state investigation. And I have assigned a prosecutor from the Louisiana Department of Justice to assist.

LSP has a team of investigators who examine officer-involved shootings for Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments all over the State. They have investigated these types of matters on a routine basis, including their work in Marksville on a case we recently prosecuted against a former deputy marshal. There is no other unit in the State with more experience or more expertise in the use of lethal force by law enforcement agents. Had the USDOJ not been tasked to lead this investigation, there is no doubt LSP would have led the investigation.

It is important for the public to know that this matter will be handled by the most professional and proficient law enforcement use of force team in Louisiana. Once LSP and our assigned prosecutor have reviewed the materials generated by the federal government’s civil rights investigation and have conducted any further investigation necessary – my office will meet with them to review their findings, evaluate the evidence, and make the appropriate prosecutorial decision.

This matter was recused to our office for prosecution by the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney; and we will perform our duties in a timely, prudent, and judicious manner when that time comes. As of now, we consider this matter an open investigation by LSP; therefore, we will make no further comment.

A thorough and complete investigation could take a considerable amount of time; as such, we ask for patience from the public and the press.”


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Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

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4 comments

  1. Alton Sterling killed himself that night through a career of his own criminal activities!
    A pillar of his community……………………..i call BS!

    The documents in Sterling’s Baton Rouge court file show Sterling was accused of these offenses (some are convictions, some only arrests, some were dismissed and a few are traffic matters. The dates represent date of offense):

    Simple battery (dismissed) (Nov. 24, 1996)
    Simple battery – dismissed (Oct. 28, 1997)
    Simple burglary of inhabited dwelling (May 5-15, 2005) request for arrest warrant
    Felony theft (May 5-15, 2005) request for arrest warrant
    Simple burglary (amended to illegal possession of stolen things – guilty plea) (May 24, 2005)
    Aggravated battery (amended to simple battery – guilty plea) (March 6, 2006)
    Simple criminal damage to property – guilty plea (March 6, 2006)
    Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling (amended to disturbing the peace – guilty plea) (March 6, 2006)
    Expired driver’s license (March 21, 2008)
    Driver’s license issue (hard to read document) (2008)
    Domestic abuse battery – pleaded guilty (March 31, 2008)
    Illegal carrying weapons with controlled dangerous substance – pleaded guilty (May 29, 2009)
    Felon in possession of a firearm – dismissed (May 29, 2009)
    Contempt of court – (Aug. 10, 2009) – Guilty plea
    Fail to use seat belt (Feb. 5, 2014)
    Fail to renew registration (Feb. 5, 2014)
    Failure to comply with sex offender registration (Aug. 11, 2015) – Forfeiture
    Possession of a schedule 1 drug, (April4-5, 2016) – no conclusion
    Possession of marijuana first offense. (April 5, 2016) – no conclusion

    Arrest – probable cause affidavits:
    Trespassing (Aug. 25, 1996)
    Damage to property (2 counts) (Aug. 25, 1996)
    Criminal mischief (Aug. 25, 1996)
    Illegally possess weapon (Aug. 25, 1996)
    Aggravated burglary (Aug. 27, 1996)
    Public intimidation, 2 counts (April 24, 2000)
    Criminal damage to property (March 4, 2006)
    Simple robbery (March 4, 2006)
    Theft under $500 (March 4, 2006)
    Possession of marijuana (March 4, 2006)
    Misrepresentation during booking (March 4, 2006)
    Simple battery (March 4, 2006)
    Aggravated burglary (March 4, 2006)
    Resisting an officer by force (May 29, 2009)
    Possession marijuana (May 29, 2009)
    Possess stolen things (May 29, 2009)
    Possess firearm with drugs (May 29, 2009)
    Simple assault (May 29, 2009)
    Offense too illegible to read in the record (May 29, 2009)

    1. This guy was just a POS and the ultimate end was inevitable. It’s a shame to have to put these officers thru this hell.

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