Tuesday afternoon news broke out that the officers involved within the tragic videotaped shooting of Alton Sterling will not be charged.
According to the Washington Post, the decision is expected to be announced within the next 24 hours.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Sterling family had yet to be informed by the JusticeDepartment of the decision, and it is unclear how and when the department will announce its findings.
“We have not heard nor received an update and are unaware of any charges that may or may not be filed,” said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the Sterling family’s attorneys. “We have not received word, nor has the family been given any notice of upcoming updates regarding this case.”
The case will be the first time under Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the department has publicly declined to prosecute officers investigated for possible wrongdoing in a high-profile case, and officials in Baton Rouge have been girding for a possible reaction there.
Sterling’s death last summer sparked tense protests across the city. President Barack Obama weighed in on the matter then, declaring his confidence in the JusticeDepartment probe and remarking, “We have seen tragedies like this too many times.”