Rep. Richmond Statement on Alton Sterling Investigation

May 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) disclosed its findings in the investigation of the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of Baton Rouge police officers:

“Today's announcement, and the process that led to it, leaves me extremely disappointed,” said Rep. Richmond. “However, I am convinced the fight for justice for Alton Sterling continues. I grieve for Sandra and the entire Sterling family as they have been forced to relive the horror they experienced more than 10 months ago.


“I commend Attorney General Landry's swift decision to pursue an investigation, led by State Police. While the standards for federal charges are extremely high, standards under state law are broader and may be more easily applied to the facts of this case. The Sterling family deserves a thorough, transparent investigation by state officials.


“I share the concerns of the Sterling family regarding the way they learned of DOJ's decision. There is no reason they should have read about the decision in the media with no direct contact from Justice officials for days. We deserve better from the department and I look forward to engaging Justice officials, through the relevant oversight committees in Congress, to get to the bottom of this failure of leadership.”