Governor John Bel Edwards spoke out about the recent officer involved shooting which resulted in the death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge. Edwards is calling on federal agencies to investigate the fatal shooting.
“The lead agency conducting the investigation in this matter will be the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. They will be assisted by the Middle District of Louisiana’s US Attorney’s Office, and the FBI.”
Edwards says State Police will also assist if needed. He says Louisiana is known for coming together as a community in difficult circumstances, so during this time we need to come together.
“I know that there are protests going on and I’m urging everyone to remain peaceful. One thing is for sure, another violent act or destruction of property is not the answer, we already have one family torn apart.”
The names of the two officers involved have been released as Blane Salamoni, who has been on the force for 4 years and Howie Lake, who has been in the department for three years. The governor says this is a very serious matter.
“Certainly the footage that I observed of the video that was made available, I have very serious concerns. The video is disturbing to say the least.”