“Mr. Sterling was not reaching for a weapon. He looks like a man that was actually fighting for his life,” said Edmond Jordan, an attorney for Sterling’s family.
| The U.S. Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Wednesday into the video-recorded police killing of a black man as he wrestled with two white officers on the pavement outside a convenience store.|
Alton Sterling, 37, was confronted by police and shot on Tuesday outside the store, where he was selling homemade CDs. The shooting stirred anger in Baton Rouge, with hundreds protesting Tuesday night and demonstrations continuing Wednesday.
|The officers are Blane Salamoni, a four-year member of the department, and Howie Lake II, who has been on the force for three years. Authorities would not say whether one or both fired their weapons or how many times.|
Gov. John Bel Edwards and the U.S. Justice Department announced the investigation by the department’s civil rights division. The Justice Department will look into whether the officers willfully violated Sterling’s civil rights through the use of unreasonable or excessive force.
Howie Lake II