source: Boston Globe
published: 2 May 2017
The Justice Department will not file charges in the fatal shooting of a black man by white police officers last year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Alton B. Sterling, 37, was shot dead last July by the local police after being pinned to the ground by officers who were arresting him. His death prompted a widespread outcry, and the Justice Department’s civil rights division opened an inquiry in coordination with the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Baton Rouge.
The decision was the first high-profile case in which the department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided not to bring charges against law enforcement. Earlier Tuesday, an officer in South Carolina, Michael T. Slager — charged in the fatal shooting of a black man, Walter L. Scott — pleaded guilty to a single count of using excessive force to deprive Scott of his civil rights under a plea deal in which federal and state officials will not pursue other charges against him.