Graffiti tributes to Alton Sterling surround the convenience store where he was shot. The Justice Department has decided not to charge any officers involved in the 37-year-old’s death. (Shawn Fink/For The Washington Post)
The U.S. Department of Justice will not bring charges against two Baton Rouge officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling on July 5, 2016, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Sterling’s family has not been notified of the decision, the Post reported. It is customary for the DOJ to meet with relatives when a decision is made on a case.
The two officers are Blane Salamoni, a four-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department, and Howie Lake II, a three-year veteran of the same force.
Sterling’s shooting sparked protests in Baton Rouge and led the DOJ to open an investigation. Speculation surfaced this week that a decision in the case was imminent.