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Two Baton Rouge Police officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, responded to reports of a suspicious person outside a Baton Rouge convenience store, Triple S Food Mart, on July 5, 2016.

The officers told investigators that after the first three shots, they believed Sterling was attempting to reach into his right pocket again, which led Salamoni to fire the final three shots into Sterling's back.

The Justice Department said previous year it decided against bringing federal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, concluding that there was "insufficient" evidence to prove that they violated Sterling's civil rights.

The office of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is deciding whether the officers should face any state criminal charges, such as manslaughter. Landry said it was "reasonable" to conclude Sterling was under the influence of drugs during the struggle with the officers "and that contributed to his non-compliance" with the officers' commands.

The Attorney General released a report on the full investigation into Alton Sterling's death. The decision brings another closely watched and widely scrutinized investigation of potential police misconduct to an end without charges.

Salamoni fatally shot Sterling during an ensuing scuffle.

Landry made the announcement after meeting with family members of Sterling.

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"The system failed us", Sandra Sterling, Alton's aunt, said during a news conference, according to the Post. This was a family man.

Sterling's death in Baton Rouge was one of a number of killings of black men by white officers that helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement and raised questions about racial bias in US policing. "Sterling was high on drugs", he said.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's spokeswoman declined comment. "It is our goal to have a disciplinary hearing completed by this Friday".

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and Police Chief Murphy Paul held a joint news conference to explain to the public the next steps in the investigation of the Alton Sterling shooting.

Of those officers, 41 have not been convicted, majority acquitted by juries or during a bench trial, he said. In a summary of its findings, the Justice Department said Salamoni pointed his gun at Sterling's head but didn't mention any verbal threats by the officer.

Racial tensions were still simmering in Louisiana's capital when Gavin Long, a 29-year-old black military veteran from Kansas City, Missouri, ambushed police officers near a vehicle wash on July 17, 2016. Then shots rang out. Today's announcement is the latest sign that we have a lot of work to do in regard to criminal justice and policing reform.

Some fatal shootings still prompt widespread media attention, including the death earlier this month of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot and killed by Sacramento police officers while in his grandmother's backyard. Until this is done, many young black men and women will be forced to fear any non-threatening action they take could be met with certain death.


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