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Justice Department Declines to Charge Baton Rouge Cops in Alton Sterling’s Death

Alton Sterling

Alton Sterling

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is expected to announce today that it has closed the investigation into the death of Alton Sterling and won’t prosecutor Baton Rouge officers for possible wrongdoing in a case that sparked unrest across the city.

Sterling’s family told the Washington Post on Tuesday that the Justice Department had not informed them of its decision. 

“We have not heard nor received an update and are unaware of any charges that may or may not be filed,” said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the Sterling family’s attorneys. “We have not received word, nor has the family been given any notice of upcoming updates regarding this case.”

Many civil rights advocates have been nervous about the direction of the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has already questioned the oversight of police departments.

The Justice Department has declined to comment.

The Washington Post wrote:

By the police account, officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake saw Sterling, 37, outside a convenience store in July after it was reported that a man had threatened someone there with a gun. Sterling, who was selling CDs outside the store, fit the description of that man, according to a search warrant affidavit in the case.

A video of the shooting shows Sterling lying on his back with two officers on top of him. One of the officers appears to yell, “He’s got a gun!” and then shots ring out. A detective wrote in the search warrant affidavit that officers had observed the butt of a gun in Sterling’s front pants pocket. At issue in the investigation was whether Sterling was reaching for the weapon, as officers claimed, when he was shot and killed.

FBI Helps Investigate Shooting Deaths of Police Officers in Baton Rouge

baton rouge mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigating the shooting deaths of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday.

The FBI New Orleans Division said its agents are on the scene “to assist our law enforcement colleagues,” The Times-Picayune reports. 

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged federal resources to investigate.

”There is no place in the United States for such appalling violence, and I condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms,” Lynch said in a news release. “Our hearts and prayers are with the fallen and wounded officers, their families, and the entire Baton Rouge community in this extraordinarily difficult time.”

The FBI office in New Orleans said the bureau’s “focus is to help identify and bring to justice those who are responsible for this heinous act.”

Authorities Arrest 3 Suspects in Alleged Plan to Shoot Cops in Baton Rouge Area

baton rouge mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local and federal authorities believe they’ve foiled a plot to shoot police officers in the Baton Rouge area.

Authorities are investigating four suspects who stole eight guns from Cash America Pawn on Saturday before 2 a.m., ABC News reports. Three of the four suspects are in custody.

One of the suspects told police he planed to harm police officers.

Police called the threats credible.

Six of the right guns were recovered.

The suspects range in age from 13 to 23.

FBI Warns Cities in Louisiana to Brace for Potential Violence During Protests

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s New Orleans Field Division has issued a warning to law enforcement to be on the look out for potential violence in Baton Rouge and Shreveport.

The bulletin cites numerous problematic social media posts after the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Anton Sterling by Baton Rouge police.

The “Potential Activity Alert” came before police in riot gear arrested dozens in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Police said protesters were throwing chunks of concrete and bottles at law enforcement.

Federal Investigators Take Over Investigation of Shooting Death of Baton Rouge Man

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are taking over the probe of the shooting death of a Baton Rouge man.

City and state officials said they support the decision because it will provide more transparency, People.com reports. 

Sterling was shot by police as he appeared to be pinned down by officers.

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating.

“An altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued,” according to an earlier statement from Baton Rouge police. “Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene.”

A 48-second video taken by a witness has circulated online, igniting anger over another black man killed by police.

Louisiana Lawmaker Calls for Justice Department Probe After Police Shoot Black Man

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Louisiana lawmaker is calling on the Justice Department to investigate Baton Rouge Police after at least one officer shot a 37-year-old man to death while he was on the ground.

A video of the shooting provoked protests in Louisiana Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond wants federal investigators to solves some of the “unanswered questions” in the case.

“There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding Mr. Sterling’s death, including questions about the initial calls for police presence, the level of force used by officers, the verbal and physical altercation, and the response of the officers after he was shot,” Richmond said Wednesday in a statement, KXLF.com reports. http://www.kxlf.com/story/32381137/louisiana-lawmaker-calls-on-justice-department-to-investigate-police-shooting-death

Local police are reviewing the video.

The officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Fatally Shot in a Shootout in Baton Rouge

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was shot in the neck and killed Tuesday in a gun battle in Baton Rouge, La.

Wells, 27, a native of Mississippi, had been with the U.S. Marshals Service since January 2011.

Authorities said that Wells was part of a team executing arrest warrants on fugitive Jamie Croom, who was wanted for double homicide in Baton Rouge.

The team engaged in gunfire with the fugitive and Wells was shot, authorities said. He was immediately transported to Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, Louisiana, where he died.

The fugitive, Croom, was also shot and transported to a local hospital where he later died.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face untold dangers every day in the pursuit of justice in cities nationwide,” Director Stacia A. Hylton said in a statement. “The fugitive who killed Deputy Wells was extremely dangerous, wanted for double homicide and intentionally evaded justice.”

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement Wednesday, saying:

 “Deputy Marshal Josie Wells was a dedicated law enforcement officer, a remarkable patriot and a courageous public servant. Though he was taken from us far too suddenly and far too soon, he leaves behind an indelible legacy that will live on in the lives he touched; in the work that the U.S. Marshals Service continues to perform; and in a world that is safer because of his devoted service. His loss is a deeply tragic reminder that the work of our law enforcement officers around the nation is extremely serious, profoundly heroic and deserving of our most emphatic support. The thoughts and prayers of the law enforcement community will be with the family and loved ones of Deputy Marshal Wells throughout this difficult time. And as we go forward, the Department of Justice intends to honor his service and his sacrifice by continuing to fight for the values he protected every day, and to defend the American people for whom he gave his life.”

Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, issued a statement:

“We will always remember and honor the indomitable will of Deputy U.S. Marshal Wells, for his heroic sacrifice and his unwavering commitment to protecting the American citizenry.

“The profound loss of our brother is beyond measure, but his willingness to risk his own life in the pursuit of homicidal maniacs is his legacy to all of us. We are all now duty‐bound to bow our heads and pay tribute to a man of honor, and always remember and respect his ultimate sacrifice.”

Trial Begins for Former Louisiana Mayor

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of  a former Louisiana mayor charged with a number of crimes, reports theadvertiser.com.

George L. Grace, the former Mayor of St. Gabriel, La.,  in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, faces charges of racketeering, extortion, obstruction of justice, false statements, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and use of a telephone in aid of racketeering. The charges were brought against the ex-mayor as part of the FBI’s “Operation Blighted Officials” sting, according to the advertiser. Five other officials in the area either pleaded guilty or were convicted over the last 18 months as a result of the operation.

FBI agents posed as corrupt executives from the private sector offering bribes in exchange for help gaining business for a fake firm called Cifer 5000, the advertiser reports.

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