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Attorney General Announces No Charges For Cops Who Killed Alton Sterling

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The two cops who fatally shot a black man two years ago will not face state charges for their actions, the Louisiana attorney general announced Tuesday.

Attorney General Jeff Landry said there would be no charges from the state against the Baton Rouge Police Department officers responsible for the 2016 death of Alton Sterling, CNN reported.

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“After a thorough and exhaustive review of the evidence, … the Louisiana Department of Justice cannot proceed with the prosecution of either Officer (Howie) Lake or Officer (Blane) Salamoni,” Landry said at a press conference.

Lake and Salamoni fatally shot Sterling after responding to a phone call in 2016 about a man with a gun in a parking lot. Video of the incident showed Sterling struggling with the officers and one officer using a taser on him. One of the officers fatally shoots Sterling in the video after someone can be heard shouting, “He’s got a gun!” Police recovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver from Sterling’s pocket.

The Department of Justice declined to bring charges in May 2017.

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