The Department of Justice will soon announce that it won’t charge the police officers who killed a black man in Baton Rouge.
Police received a call saying that Alton Sterling, the murdered victim, was allegedly holding a gun and selling illicit CDs in front of a convenience store in July 2016.
There was a video of the incident showing two white policemen arresting Sterling. After noticing a part of the gun in Sterling’s pockets, one of the police officers immediately shot and killed the victim. The controversy of the case lies in whether or not Sterling was reaching for his gun.
People of Louisiana were angry and protesting all over the street mourning the death of Sterling. It is expected that the streets will witness more demonstrations once the Department of Justice reveals their decision.
The spokesman for the Sterling family’s lawyer, Ryan Julison, communicated with the Post and said that the family “have not received word, nor has the family been given any notice of upcoming updates regarding this case.”
According to the Washington Post, the Department of justic will announce their decision during this week but nobody knows any certain information.
John Bel Edwards, Louisiana’s Governor, stated that he doesn’t know when the judgment will come to light.
“I don’t have any information as to what the decision is going to be or when it’s going to be announced,” Edwards said. “But I work under the assumption it’s coming sooner than later”.
Cedric Richmond, a Democratic representative, pointed out that the DoJ didn’t reveal their decision, yet the Washington Post confirms no charges will be pressed all while the family doesn’t know anything. Richmond stressed that this is an “indictment” on the Justice Department.