(NBC News) Federal prosecutors will not charge two white Louisiana police officers with civil rights violations in the death of a black man.
Citing a lack of evidence, the acting U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge laid out the case, or lack thereof, against the two officers in the shooting death of Alton Sterling.
“We cannot prove that the officers knew what they were doing was unreasonable or prohibited and simply chose to do it anyway,” Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said.
Sterling died during a struggle with the two officers outside a convenience story in July when one of the officers shot him.
His family is calling on the state attorney general’s office to charge the officers.
Louisiana’s attorney general confirms his office has opened a state investigation and assigned a prosecutor to assist.
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