17:30 LRN Newscast March 27

Instead of our customary legislative report at this hour, we bring you the top news of the day.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has ruled criminal charges are not warranted against two white Baton Rouge police officers who fatally shot a black man during an altercation in front of a convenience store in July of 2016. Landry’s office reviewed the evidence in the Alton Sterling shooting for nearly a year…
cut 6 (11) “…probable cause”
But Sterling’s aunt, Velda Washington, sees it differently….
cut 15 (13) “…nothing wrong”
Washington made those comments after meeting personally with Landry, before he went public with his decision.

The attorney for Sterling’s family, Chris Stewart, says they will seek some sort of justice for the shooting of Alton Sterling through a civil lawsuit already filed….
cut 10 (07) “….Baton Rouge, Louisiana”
Sterling’s family is also seeking the firing of Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake.

Attorney John McLindon represents Salamoni and he says they are not surprised by today’s announcement from the A-G…
Cut 13 (10) “in order.”
Now the Baton Rouge Police Department has started its own internal investigation of the shooting. Police Chief Murphy Paul says theyw ill determine if Salamoni and Lake violated policies or procedures during the incident and a disciplinary hearing is expected to be completed by the end of the week.