BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards responded to criticism of the decision to hand the investigation of the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers over to the US Department of Justice.
Edwards spoke Thursday morning with CNN about the issue. He told the news organization, "… we're making the best decisions to make sure that the situation remains under control here in Baton Rouge …"
Below is the governor's full quote to CNN:
Edwards announced Wednesday morning that the FBI and DOJ would lead the investigation into the deadly shooting.
Police said they received a call from an individual who claimed Sterling had threatened the caller with a gun while Sterling was selling CDs in the parking lot of the Triple S convenient store on N. Foster Dr. Two officers arrived and confronted him.
The store owner, who witnessed the shooting, said things quickly got out of control. One officer used a stun gun on Sterling, then the other officer tackled Sterling to the ground. According to the store owner, the officers shot Sterling four to six times shortly after he was tackled. Cell phone footage captured part of the gunfire.
An autopsy showed Sterling died of multiple gunshot wounds to his back and chest. Officials said both officers had on body cameras, but they fell off during the struggle and do not show the shooting. However, police are analyzing dash cam video and store surveillance video, which are believed to have captured the ordeal.