Baton Rouge, Louisiana - The Department of Justice is set to announce that there will be no charges brought against the officers in the justified shooting of armed would-be cop killer, Alton Sterling, according to Washington Post.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Sterling family has still not been notified by the DOJ of their decision, and the exact time of the announcement hasn't been released; it should come in the next 24 hours.
We've long expected this day to come. The videos and known evidence make it clear as day that the shooting of Alton Sterling was justified. Even the Obama administration wouldn't have charged these officers, who shot Sterling in defense of their lives.
A quick review of the situation: July 5th, 2016 at 12:35 AM, officers were called to the Triple S Food Mart when a man called police to report that Sterling had threatened him with a gun. When the officers confronted Sterling, he refused to cooperate and was Tased. The Taser didn't work and so one officer tackled Sterling next to a car.
As the officers were on the ground with Sterling, one officer pinned Alton Sterling's left arm under his knee. However, Sterling's right arm was under the bumper of the nearby car. The officer on Sterling's right side was unable to gain control of Sterling's arm because the car was blocking the officer while Sterling was fighting back.
The officer fighting for Sterling's right arm yelled, "He's got a gun! Gun!"
The other officer told Sterling, "Hey bro, if you fucking move, I swear to God," while the officer held a gun to Sterling's chest.
Then the officer on Sterling's right yelled, "Lake, he's going for the gun!" Gunshots were heard and the shooting video panned away as more shots went off.
Witness, store owner, and self-professed friend of Alton Sterling said that officers then pulled a gun from Sterling's right pocket.
Alton Sterling's intent was clear when he fought with officers and tried to grab his gun. He was trying to kill the officers, not pull out his wallet.
Sterling was not legally able to possess a firearm because he was convicted of being a child molester in 2000. That hasn't stopped him for carrying a firearm though, as he has a history of carrying guns and fighting with the police, as well as battering women. In all, his criminal history is almost 50 pages long.
Sterling had also been previously stopped in a similar incident.
In May 2009, the police were called on Sterling for selling bootleg CDs on a street corner. When the officer stopped him, and asked if he had any weapons, he didn’t answer. The officer proceeded to pat down Alton Sterling when Sterling started reaching for his pocket. Sterling then spun around and started to fight the police officer.
During the struggle, both the officer and Sterling landed on the ground. A black semi-automatic hand gun fell from Sterling’s waist. Luckily, this hero was able to call for assistance and fight him until backup arrived.
Sterling was ultimately arrested for selling illegal CDs, possessing a stolen handgun, possessing marijuana, and resisting arrest. Sterling received a paltry two-year sentence for his multitude of crimes, including attacking a police officer.
Now the city braces for unrest because officers defended themselves from a violent child molester who tried to kill them. As we endure this store, just remember that this situation was created by a news media, celebrities, and politicians who all jumped on the bandwagon of vilifying police officers who did nothing wrong.
You can see the video of the Alton Sterling shooting below. WARNING: Very graphic.