John McLindon, the attorney for Blane Salamoni, believes Attorney General Jeff Landry will not seek state charges against his client. Salamoni is one of the officers involved in the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling and he’s been cleared of any federal civil rights charges. McLindon points to the thorough investigation already conducted by the DOJ on why he thinks Salamoni will not be charged.
“It was a unanimous decision by every agent that looked at it, there was just not enough information to prosecute.”
The Sterling family reports Salamoni threatened Alton Sterling’s life before the shooting. But McLindon says there was no criminal conduct in this case.
“Their experts didn’t think that it rose to the level of criminal conduct or at least charging the officers.”
McLindon expects just like the federal investigation, the state’s probe will take a lengthy amount of time. He says these last 10 months haven’t been easy for anyone.
“It’s been very stressful on these officers and their families and I think sometimes they’re forgotten but they’ve been through a lot, as have the Sterling family.”