>> Attempted to make a lawful arrest.>> Louisiana will not charge two police officers for the fatal 2016 shooting of Alton Sterling which sparked massive protests nationwide. Louisiana's attorney general said on Tuesday that evidence showed the officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake acted properly in subduing a person resisting arrest.
>> This decision was not taken lightly. We came to this conclusion after countless hours of reviewing the evidence.>> But at a press conference Tuesday, Sterling's family expressing their anger and disappointment with the decision.>> The way they killed him was in cold blood. You know it. I know it.
But yes, the system has failed us.>> 37 year old Sterling was shot and killed by one of the two officers who confronted him outside a convenience store in July 2016. After they responded to a call about a man who had threatened someone with a gun. The deadly encounter that followed was caught on cell phone videos and went viral on social media.
After Sterling was shot, officers found and removed a loaded hand gun according to Louisiana AG's 34 page report; which also said, Sterling's body tested positive for drugs. Tuesday's report comes ten months after federal prosecutors also determined they wouldn't file civil rights charges against the officers. Despite that, Sterling's five children filed a wrongful death lawsuit last summer.
Alleging the shooting violated Sterling's civil rights and fits a pattern of excessive force within the Baton Rouge Police Department. Sterling's death was one of a number of killings of black men by white officers that helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement, raising questions about racial bias in US policing.