Alton Sterling’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Louisiana Cops

By Clarissa Hamlin

The children of Alton Sterling on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the police chief and the officers who shot him, reports NBC News.

The move comes after the Department of Justice failed to bring charges against the officers. Sterling, 37, a father of five, was shot six times by Officer Blane Salamoni after a struggle outside of a convenience store on July 5, 2016, just a day before Philando Castile was killed by police in Minnesota.

Sterling’s children said in the suit that the shooting fit a racist pattern by police to use lethal force against Blacks, an issue that many protesters were vocal about during demonstrations following his death.

Alton Sterling’s children sue Baton Rouge over their father’s fatal shooting death at a convenience store last year. https://t.co/lCnTH4dHVy pic.twitter.com/4GUoxRDaiA

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 27, 2017

Alton Sterling’s children file suit against Baton Rouge police in fatal shooting https://t.co/iYR0wfGmKh pic.twitter.com/dPUIijuwr4

— AL.com (@aldotcom) June 27, 2017

Sterling’s kids, who are seeking unspecified damages, also said their father’s death was at the hands …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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