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Sterling's aunt calls for justice at vigil

03 May 2017

No public announcement has been made by the department and many officials in Baton Rouge said they had not been notified.

The tension became so violent, that a Missouri man targeted law enforcement by shooting six officers in the city, killing two.

WBRZ reported that Sterling's aunt, Sandra Sterling, said the family will meet with Justice Department officials around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot to death July 5, 2016, as two white officers pinned him to the pavement outside a Louisiana convenience store where he had been selling CDs. Sessions, a noted racist and virulent little garden gnome, said in a radio interview on April 14 that consent decrees can "reduce the morale of the police officers". That is when the officers fired rounds into Sterling, causing his death.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards immediately asked for a federal investigation of Sterling's death.

Following a lengthy trial that weighed whether Salamoni and Lake will face criminal charges, the Department of Justice ruled that they would not be persecuted. Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and back and declared dead at the scene.

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Three police officers approached the pool area and the gunman appeared to point his gun at them, according to Zimmerman. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters the suspect was a white male wearing brown shorts.

"It's been nearly a year and we're still suffering like it happened yesterday", said the victim's aunt, Veda Sterling.

Court-enforced consent decrees are meant to broadly change police practices - often those related to discrimination or arrest procedures - and differ from investigations into specific incidents like that in Baton Rouge.

- August 4: Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson sues the city of Baton Rouge and police officials, saying officers responded in a "militarized and aggressive manner" in arresting him and other protesters.

State Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, who was at the convenience store much of Tuesday evening, called on Baton Rouge protesters to assemble peacefully, as they did after Sterling was shot last July, she noted. "Gun!" one of the officers yells.

The Post notes this will be the first time the department declines to bring charges against law officers in such a case, under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He said last month that while such cases were "usually easier to prosecute in state court", he did not feel they chilled good policing nor would he hesitate to involve the Justice Department when it was appropriate to do so. Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said Sterling was armed at the time, and a witness said the officer removed a gun from Sterling's pocket.

A day after Sterling's death, police shot and killed Philando Castile, 32, in a Minnesota traffic stop streamed on Facebook Live. Both Louisiana's governor and Baton Rouge's mayor said Tuesday that they haven't been told of a decision. "The Baton Rouge community needs healing, and honoring the rights of everyone in the community will aid in that process". By 10 p.m., about two dozen people had gathered near the Baton Rouge Police Department on Airline Highway, where contentious protests occurred previous year.