Family rails against decision not to prosecute

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State investigators received the case in May 2017 after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not be pursuing civil rights charges against the officers, reports CBS affiliate WAFB. Lake didn't discharge his weapon, but helped wrestle Sterling to the ground.

In June 2017, Sterling's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, alleging a history of excessive-force and racism toward African-Americans. Critics expressed frustration at another police-involved shooting in which a Black man was executed without so much as a trial, calling it just another example of rampant police brutality in the United States.

A video of Sterling's shooting went viral after his death, showing an officer tackling him to the ground before another officer shot him, inciting social media backlash and protests across the country. Videos recorded by nearby surveillance cameras and by auto dashboards and police body cameras have not been released.

Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the shooting.

Salamoni screamed that Sterling was reaching for a gun before he shot the man three times, the DOJ concluded, plus three more when he started to move again.

They encountered Sterling, 37, who regularly sold bootleg CDs outside the convenience store. A gun was later recovered from Sterling's pocket. As a convicted felon, Sterling could not legally carry a gun.

Video footage shows Salamoni and Lake struggling to subdue him, while screaming that "he's got a gun". 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.

In a familiar story line with such cases, the officers say Sterling was reaching for his gun - a contention that witnesses dispute. 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. He then shot him three more times as Sterling sat up on his back.

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Alton Sterling's aunt, Sandra Sterling who suffered two strokes since Alton Sterling's death, said she will not support Jeff Landry after his announcement this morning.

Salamoni and Lake have remained on paid administrative leave since the July 5, 2016, shooting. A day after Sterling's death prompted outrage and protests, an officer in Minnesota shot and killed Philando Castile, a school cafeteria worker, during a traffic stop, the aftermath of which was streamed live on Facebook.

A Reuters photograph captured Iesha Evans in a standoff with police.

They accused Salamoni of telling their father "b-- I will f--ing kill you" and "I am going to shoot you in your motherf--ing head" ahead of the struggle.

The heated and tragic atmosphere in Baton Rouge continued after the shooting, with three officers gunned down in an ambush less than two weeks later.

Paul said they will review Landry's decision and provided the next steps in the case at this point. After learning neither officer would be charged with federal crimes, dozens of people held a peaceful vigil outside the convenience store where Sterling was shot.

The announcement makes Sterling's death the latest high-profile police shooting to end without charges for officers involved, following on the heels of federal authorities a year ago declining to prosecute either officer in the case.

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