Officials meet to plan response when DOJ concludes Sterling investigation

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A closed meeting was held Monday at the Louisiana State Capitol regarding the investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling.

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Governor John Bel Edwards initiated the meeting between Baton Rouge community leaders and law enforcement officials to discuss how they will respond to the pending Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement in reference to its investigation.

Col. Mike Edmonson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, Sid Gautreaux, Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, and Carl Dabadie, Chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department all attended the meeting.

Officials say this meeting is no indication as to when the decision will be made regarding the investigation.

The group also discussed reforms to improve relationships between the community and law enforcement officers, as well as the way law enforcement will respond should there be protests following the announcement.

There was heavy criticism regarding the way in which law enforcement responded to previous protests that were held in the weeks following Sterling's death.

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Alton Sterling, 37, died on Tuesday, July 5 after he was shot multiple times by a Baton Rouge Police officer. The shooting happened at the Triple S Food Mart on N. Foster Drive.

Officer Blane Salamoni and Officer Howie Lake II responded to the call around 12:30 a.m. They reported an altercation ensued between the officers and Sterling, who was said to be outside the store selling CDs.

Both officers were placed on administrative leave from the Baton Rouge Police Department and have not returned to duty since the shooting.

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