Lawyer: Officer threatened Sterling with gun

The state's Attorney General says there will now be a criminal investigation by the Louisiana State Police. "In order to ensure this matter is investigated by the agency with the most expertise in officer-involved shootings, I have directed the USDOJ to securely forward their investigative materials to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) to conduct the state investigation".

The Justice Department has not confirmed the Louisiana media reports about a decision to not prosecute.

Landry warned that a state investigation into the actions of the officers, which was delayed to allow the federal probe to proceed, "could take a considerable amount of time".

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana Corey Amundson said at a news conference this afternoon that the "exhaustive, nearly year-long" federal investigation focused on whether either officer violated federal criminal civil rights laws or any other federal criminal law.

The Department of Justice's investigation of Sterling's shooting death focused on those questions. One new detail: The officer who eventually shot Sterling first put a gun to his head when Sterling didn't comply with orders to put his hands on the hood of a vehicle on the night of July 5.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) determined that there is not sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers violated Sterling's civil rights.

"Alton was human", Sandra Sterling said. "Lord have Mercy. Oh my God".

The death of Alton Sterling outside a grocery shop in Baton Rouge last summer sparked days of protests at a time of heightened race tensions across the US.

Also, the Justice Department said that while two witnesses said they could see Sterling's right hand and said his hand wasn't in his pocket, the department found that the witness statements were inconsistent and that some of their statements didn't coincide with the videos.

Officials with the Department of Justice will hold a press conference Wednesday at 1 p.m.to release its decision regarding possible civil rights violations against Alton Sterling. Someone called 911 to report a man outside the store with a gun. The other officer helps restrain Sterling. The convenience store owner said officers twice deployed the devices before the shooting. More yelling ensues, followed by two loud bangs, then three more bangs.

Once there, they tackled Sterling to the ground and climbed on top of him as he writhed on the floor.

The next day, a Minnesota police officer fatally shot a black motorist, Philando Castile, whose girlfriend broadcast the aftermath live on social media. But at the same time, because of the speed at which the incident took place, they said their accounts could not disprove the officers' claim that Sterling was reaching for a gun. But he expressed confidence state authorities also will rule out criminal charges against Salamoni and a second white police officer involved in the deadly confrontation. A struggle ensued and two officers - Blake Salamoni and Howie Lake II - apparently had Sterling restrained.

At least two people with cell phones captured the incident - all up until the fatal shot.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry could still file state charges, but he hasn't disclosed his plans.

"My father was a good man", explained Cameron Sterling, Alton's 15-year-old son.

Chris Stewart, the family's attorney, said justice is on the way for their loved one.

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