FBI to in­ves­ti­gate Po­lice shoot­ing, of Al­ton Ster­ling

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Ba­ton Rouge: The United States Jus­tice Depart­ment has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the video-recorded Po­lice killing of a black man who au­thor­i­ties say had a gun as he was wres­tled to the ground by two white Po­lice of­fi­cers out­side a Louisiana con­ve­nience store.

One of the of­fi­cers shot and killed Al­ton Ster­ling, 37, as he was held on the ground late Tues­day night, and mo­bile phone footage al­leged to be of the in­ci­dent has caused out­rage on­line and prompted hun­dreds to protest.

Protests lasted late into the night on Tues­day in Louisiana’s sec­ond largest city, Ba­ton Rouge, with demon­stra­tors chant­ing “black lives mat­ter” and “hands up don’t shoot”. At a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, Ba­ton Rouge Po­lice Chief Carl Dabadie Jr, said called Ster­ling’s death a “hor­ri­ble tragedy” and said there were still ques­tions about what hap­pened. Louisiana Gov­er­nor John Bel Ed­wards and the US Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that there would be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the depart­ment’s civil rights di­vi­sion. “We are go­ing to turn the en­tire case over to the US At­ter­neys of­fice and the FBI to con­duct the in­ves­ti­ga­tion from this point,” Chief Dabadie Jr said, shortly after the an­nounce­ment. Al Jazeera

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