Family members, lawmakers react to reports of DOJ decision in Sterling case

Sandra Sterling, aunt of Alton Sterling, talks to WBRZ about reports of the DOJ's decision.

BATON ROUGE -- Shortly after the Washington Post reported Tuesday two police officers would not be charged in the death of Alton Sterling, family members and lawmakers took to social media with strong reactions.

WBRZ-TV spoke with Alton Sterling's aunt, who had not heard of a decision before the Washington Post report.

"It just hurts so bad," said Sandra Sterling. "I was trying to prepare myself, but I'm telling you, it's a horrible pain. It's like going back to the first day all over again."


U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) also took to social media to express his thoughts.

 

"It completely undermines the credibility and transparency of the DOJ," tweeted Richmond.

Rep. Denise Marcelle said she learned about the decision while on the House floor and rushed over to the Triple S Food Mart; the scene of the shooting.

"I expected that because the level they have to meet," said Marcelle. "In order to have found that decision you have to get in someone's mind. The intent of the person when they were pulling the trigger. I expected that from DOJ. The problem is the people don't understand. They're waiting on a verdict of guilty or not guilty, and that's not what they're going to get from DOJ. I'm going to ask the people to remain peaceful, hopeful, not to be violent and to lead. Baton Rouge needs to lead on this issue because I know people are looking at us throughout the world. We don't need to burn up, tear up, shoot down; no more bloodshed."

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