Governor's office not notified of DOJ decision

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Landry issued a statement Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Justice officially announced it will not bring charges against the two Baton Rouge police officers involved in Sterling's death.

A civil rights investigation was opened after the shooting last summer that killed Alton Sterling, 37, outside a convenience store. "The evidence also can not establish that Sterling was not reaching for a gun when Officer Salamoni yelled that Sterling was doing so".

Investigators searched for evidence that the officers' use of force could be considered "objectively unreasonable" based on circumstances in the moment.

The formal announcement of the Justice Department's decision concludes a ten-month federal investigation, though reports had leaked Tuesday that prosecutors had reached this decision.

Whether Mr Sterling was reaching for his.38 caliber revolver is subject to debate because it is not clear from the video, and the Department of Justice could not say either way.

Family members said they had been told they would get news of the decision before it was publicized.

A top student and athlete, Edwards, 15, was shot to death when a police officer fired his rifle into a vehicle in the Dallas suburb. A bystander's video shows the police pinning Sterling, a black man, to the ground before shooting him, leading to widespread criticism and renewed "Black Lives Matter" protests.

Justin Bamberg, an attorney for some of Sterling's relatives, has said the family wanted an indictment.

"Given these circumstances, the evidence can not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that it did not appear to Officer Salamoni that Sterling was reaching for his pocket".

"We are committed to helping students withstand societal challenges, supporting them in expressing themselves in a safe manner if they wish to participate in the public dialogue, and developing future leaders who will help avoid situations like the ones of July 2016", Alexander said in his statement.

Amundson went on to say that there are "no winners" in the case.

At an afternoon press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards joined Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Broome in expressing disgust in how the Department of Justice handled its decision in the Alton Sterling case.

According to the Justice Department, Sterling's right hand is not visible to the cameras when Salamoni again yells that Sterling is "going for the gun!"

One of Sterling's aunts said she, too, had not heard from federal authorities. "Remember his name", she said.

Various videos of the incident were inconclusive regarding Sterling's gun, making it impossible to prove the officers' account was untrue, the department said.

Sterling's family is urging Attorney General Jeff Landry to do so.

He assigned a prosecutor from the Louisiana Department of Justice to assist the Louisiana State Police, claiming that no other unit in the state "has more experience or more expertise in the use of lethal force by law enforcement agents".

Now, the family clings to a game-changing revelation as they seek to press state criminal charges. Soon after, shots rang out, fatally wounding Sterling.

Sterling was shot during a confrontation with Baton Rouge Police Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake in July of this year, sparking a wave of protests and violent clashes in and around Baton Rouge.

The Sterling case marks the first high-profile police shooting decision made under Sessions' watch. Edwards followed up on her comments, saying he "cannot imagine any of this is going to come forward until after the state attorney general has completed his investigation and made his decision one way or the other".

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