Rep. Richmond Responds to Louisiana Attorney General Decision in Alton Sterling Shooting

March 27, 2018
Press Release
Renews Call for Full Transparency

WASHINGTON- Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced no charges would be filed in the fatal officer-involved shooting of Alton Sterling:

“As we try to make sense of the death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, we are forced to confront the disappointment in today’s announcement,” said Congressman Richmond.  “Today’s announcement is the latest sign that we have a lot of work to do in regard to criminal justice and policing reform.  As with many cases before Alton, the system has prioritized absolving the perpetrators instead of vigorously seeking fairness for the deceased, their family, and the larger communities in which they live.  One thing we know for certain is that Alton Sterling’s life was taken too soon.  Alton’s name will be added to a growing list of young black men and women killed at the hands of law enforcement who were never charged and never had to face a jury of their peers.  Every life is precious, regardless of race, status, gender, or zip code.  Until our justice system fully recognizes this, the legitimate fears of our young people will continue to stymie true safety and harmony in our communities.”

“I renew my call to release all video and audio evidence reviewed in this investigation.  Trust between the Baton Rouge community and law enforcement has deeply eroded.  We must all continue to work to bridge the divide between law enforcement and community.  Until this is done, many young black men and women will be forced to fear any non-threatening action they take could be met with certain death.  That is no way to live life.  Additionally, I call on Chairman Bob Goodlatte to bring the work of the bipartisan Working Group of Policing Strategies, of which I am a member, to a close.  Our work is critical to addressing this national crisis.”

“As we wrestle with the frustration and anger brought by today’s announcement, let us remember the continued grief and disappointment felt by the Sterling family.  Let us continue to lift them up with love and support.  Let us continue our fight for justice with the same grace and focus they have displayed.  Let that be our lasting tribute to Alton and our commitment to his family.”