Baton Rouge police officers cleared in 2016 killing of Alton Sterling

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"This decision was not taken lightly", he said after revealing that no criminal charges would be brought against the officers.

Cellphone videos of the shooting on social media sparked protests that led to almost 200 arrests in Baton Rouge. The officers' body cameras and a store surveillance camera also recorded the encounter, but those videos haven't been released.

Paul said he hopes to complete the disciplinary process by Friday.

Alton Sterling's aunt, Sandra Sterling who suffered two strokes since Alton Sterling's death, said she will not support Jeff Landry after his announcement this morning. "It was an unfortunate situation but it was a justified shooting", John McLindon, an attorney for Salamoni, said in a telephone interview. Le'Roi Dunn, a 40-year-old cook, gestured at the spot where Sterling was killed and said it was wrong for the officers to avoid any charges. The two officers involved in the shooting ultimately went on to stand trial, and today, CNN has revealed that no charges will be filed.

Salamoni fatally shot Sterling during an ensuing scuffle. Landry said they attempted to make a "lawful arrest", but the 37-year-old resisted and a "struggle" ensued on the ground. The Baton Roug cops who killed Alton Sterling will not be charged.

Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the shooting.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said on Tuesday that following an investigation the state could not proceed with a prosecution of police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake. "Sterling" - who he said was "under the influence" of "various illegal drugs".

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Some security cameras captured the incident, showing police shooting Sterling at close range, and shortly after news of his death spread, protests erupted around the country. Lake shocked Sterling with a stun gun before the officers wrestled him to the ground, according to federal investigators.

Landry told press Baton Rouge police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II's actions were "well-founded and reasonable" during Tuesday morning's press conference.

In a familiar story line with such cases, the officers say Sterling was reaching for his gun - a contention that witnesses dispute. However, the phone footage from the scene never showed Sterling reaching for the gun. When he did not, a struggle ensued with Salamoni pulling out his gun and pointing it at Sterling's head and later Lake attempting to shoot Sterling with a Taser.

"The Louisiana Department of Justice can not proceed with a prosecution of either Officer Lake or Officer Salamoni".

Some fatal shootings still prompt widespread media attention, including the death earlier this month of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot and killed by Sacramento police officers while in his grandmother's backyard.

The mass arrests of protesters after Sterling's death spawned lawsuits that accused police of using excessive force and advancing against peaceful protesters while wearing military gear and gas masks and brandishing assault weapons.