BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Together Baton Rouge held a news conference Thursday to address the investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling and continued protests in the city.
Organizers said more than 100 faith and community leaders gathered at Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge "to issue a specific call to action to instill full public trust in the integrity of the investigation into the police shooting of Alton Sterling."
"We are asking the Department of Justice to investigate beyond the civil rights violation..." one leader said. "Expand the scope of the investigation as broad as possible."
The group said they want investigators to look into "potential violations of state criminal statutes, including false arrest, battery, aggravated battery, assault with a deadly weapon, negligent homicide, manslaughter, murder in the second degree and any other crime that could potentially have been committed."
"It's not that we don't trust the local officials, it's that it's hard to investigate yourselves," one speaker stated.
"We are about bringing people together. We plan to focus this tragic event as a tool...for change in the community."
Community leaders will have a peace rally at the Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Ave, at 6 p.m. Thursday.
"Continue to protest, but continue to protest with non-violence. Baton Rouge, we are with you. Together, united, we cannot be defeated."