FBI to investigate Police shooting, of Alton Sterling
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