Rep. Richmond Responds to Shooting of Alton Sterling Calls for U.S. Department of Justice Investigation

July 6, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement in response to the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department:

“The video footage released today of the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department was deeply troubling and has understandably evoked strong emotion and anger in our community,” said Rep. Richmond. “I share in this anger and join the community in the pursuit of justice. My prayers and thoughts are with Mr. Sterling's family as they deal with this tragedy.” 

“There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding Mr. Sterling's death. Including questions about the initial calls for police presence, the level of force used by officers, the verbal and physical altercation, and the response of the officers after he was shot. I call on the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a full and transparent investigation into this incident. The cause of justice requires state and local law enforcement to join in this request as soon as possible.”

“I ask the leaders and citizens of Baton Rouge to join me in demonstrating our anger with dignity and demanding proper focus on our cause with perseverance. His family and the citizens of Baton Rouge--especially the citizens of North Baton Rouge--deserve answers and that is what we will seek in a fair, thorough, and transparent way.”