Alton Sterling timeline - shooting lit a fuse in Baton Rouge

At the memorial, he says videos of the shootings of Sterling and Castile "left us wounded and angry and hurt". Massive protests erupted across the country, and in the same week five white Dallas police officers were gunned down by a lone black shooter.

The Justice Department announced its decision today to not charge the Baton Rouge officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling last summer.

"We have not received word, nor has the family been given any notice of upcoming updates regarding this case", he said.

The Justice Department might close its investigation into the police shooting death of Alton Sterling without pursuing charges, according to media reports.

An officer rushes Sterling and pulls him to the ground. Sterling was selling CDs outside of a convenience store when police arrived on the scene.

One day after the Sterling shooting, another man, Philando Castille, was shot and killed in Minnesota by an officer while inside of a auto. The district attorney's recusal leaves Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to decide whether to have his own office review evidence for possible state charges or to appoint another district attorney to take over the case. The officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, both white, were put on administrative leave after the shooting. Sterling had always been known for selling compact discs in the area, and police said they approached him after receiving an anonymous phone call that someone matching Sterling's description had threatened the caller with a gun.

Substantiating federal civil rights charges is extraordinarily hard, requiring prosecutors to present evidence that might speak to an officer's intent at the time of the incident.

In the shooting's aftermath, Dabadie called the encounter a "horrible tragedy". It's the first investigation into a high-profile police shooting to be completed during the Trump administration under Atty.

— November 21: Gov. Edwards meets with law enforcement officials to discuss ways to improve relations between police and the public, and to prepare for the possibility of more protests once the Justice Department completes its investigation. Last month, Sessions ordered the Justice Department to review the court-mandated reform agreements it has with troubled police departments across the country, and Sessions has said he is anxious that such agreements might bar aggressive police tactics. A second officer tackles Sterling, who appears to be pinned down when an officer yells, "He's got a gun!" The FBI, Louisiana State Police and local officials will aid the probe, he said.

The Justice Department on Wednesday reached an agreement with former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager to plead guilty to a federal civil rights charge in the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist who was shot in the back as he ran away from a traffic stop. He called cellphone video of the incident "disturbing, to say the least".

  • Larry Hoffman