Alton Sterling's Kids Sue Police Over Father's Fatal Shooting

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The children of Alton Sterling, the black man fatally shot by a white police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, almost a year ago, are suing the city, the police department and the officer, the Associated Press reported. "There have also been multiple verbal racist comments by officers reported to the department".

The suit states Sterling cooperated when approached by officer Lake and that it was Salamoni who displayed aggressive behavior. "This tolerance of such behavior directly leads to the mistreatment of individuals of African-American descent". "It's about resolving this case for the children who no longer have a father because proper procedures weren't followed".

The Justice Department recently decided not to file charges against Salamoni or officer Howie Lake, who helped wrestle Sterling to the ground but did not fire his weapon.

Alton Sterling was shot outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store last July.

The Louisiana Attorney General's office is looking into the possibility of state charges.

Without divulging specifics, the suit highlights a letter sent May 25 to Police Chief Carl Dabadie in which Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome refers to "very disturbing details surrounding the actions of Officer Salamoni" that both officials received "during a consultation with the Department of Justice".

The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages.

Officials for the city and the police department said they could not comment on pending litigation.

Police said Sterling resisted arrest and didn't respond when officers used a Taser on him, but video that surfaced after the shooting shows Sterling was pinned down by the officers.

Michael Adams, who represents Sterling's children, said he realizes there's nothing that can be done to bring Sterling back. "This is about his children and this is about bringing this community together". Sterling was known as the "CD man" and sold CDs outside of the same convenience store for years.

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