Sidebar: STOP KILLING US! #AltonSterling
Are there any consequences for cops killing black men?
It was recently announced that Louisiana’s Attorney General will not pursue charges against the officers involved in the killing of Alton Sterling. According to the Justice Department, there was no evidence that suggested that Alton Sterling wasn’t reaching for a gun… but there wasn’t any evidence to suggest that he WAS reaching for a gun.
We decided to break our regular schedule to do a sidebar episode breaking down the video evidence that is available to the public and find out why there were no indictments in the Alton Sterling case. Ann explains why the Justice Department didn’t pursue charges, and why if she were the Attorney General, she wouldn’t have either from a legal perspective.
We’ve been to Baton Rouge, LA numerous times since the incident and Dan had a chance to speak with some of the residents. The general consensus is that there was always a distrust toward the Baton Rouge Police Department, and this is prior to Alton Sterling being shot.
We all believe that the officers should’ve been put in front of a jury to determine if they acted criminally, but Ann explains how the national media coverage has contaminated the jury pool. The Sterling family will more than likely filing a civil suit against the Baton Rouge Police Department and we expect the department to settle.
At minimum, these officers acted recklessly and unnecessarily placed numerous lives in danger, including their own. Since this incident, one officer has been fired and the other placed on a 3 day non-paid suspension.
The Washington Post has kept a database for years detailing police shootings and fatalities. Here are links for 2016-2018.
It’s an unfortunate reality that people of color rarely, if ever, get justice. Though it’s disheartening and discouraging BUT NEVER STOP SEEKING JUSTICE!