BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not seek charges against two white police officers who were involved in a deadly encounter with a black man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last summer.
Alton Sterling, 37, was shot to death on July 5, 2016, as two white officers pinned him to the pavement outside a convenience store where he had been selling CDs. The killing was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely online, sparking demonstrations across Baton Rouge.
U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said Sterling was armed during the confrontation and the investigation didn't find enough evidence to pursue charges. After the announcement, attorneys for Sterling's family said the white officer who shot Sterling had threatened him before they got into the struggle. State authorities will now investigate and decide whether to bring charges.
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