DA recuses himself from Sterling case due to 'personal relationship' with family of officer involved

DA recuses himself from Sterling case due to 'personal relationship' with family of officer involved - 6 p.m.

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District Attorney Hillar Moore III held a press conference Monday morning to announce that he recuses his office from the prosecution of the Alton Sterling case.

"This is justice by doing what I'm doing," Moore noted.

Moore announced that he maintains a relationship with the family of Baton Rouge City Police Officer Blane Salamoni, who is one of the two officers involved in the shooting.

Both of his parents are also law enforcement professionals who maintain senior leadership positions within the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Moore also noted that he will ask the Louisiana Attorney General's office to take over the case or bring in another prosecutor. Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a statement at the conclusion of the press conference.

"The Louisiana Department of Justice has been advised by the United States Attorney's Office that we will not have access to the ongoing and extensive federal investigation being conducted in the Alton Sterling shooting until it is fully completed and a decision has been made on potential federal charges. The Louisiana Department of Justice trusts the federal government will prepare a full, fair, and thorough investigation in this matter; and we look forward to fulfilling our responsibilities upon completion of the investigation and receipt of the complete investigative materials. Considering the Louisiana Department of Justice will not have full access to this investigation until the federal government's actions are completed, we will not make any further comment about this ongoing investigation beyond the LADOJ will be prepared to act in a timely, prudent, and judicious manner at the appropriate time."

The day following the officer-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling, District Attorney Moore and other top officials announced that the United States Attorney and the FBI were taking charge of the investigation. He will, however, receive all results of the investigation.

"This not the first time our office has recused itself," Moore said. "[It's] not something we look favorably on but these things occur."

According to Louisiana law, a district attorney is required to be recused when he has a personal interest or a conflict with a case.

The press conference was originally scheduled to be held at City Hall. However, a group of protesters are currently stationed outside and have been there since 9 a.m. The press conference was moved to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Since Friday, July 9, there have been just under 200 arrests related to various unscheduled protests that have happened throughout the city. Several journalists and a national Black Lives Matters advocate were among those arrested Saturday at a protest outside Baton Rouge Police Headquarters.

As of Monday, July 11, over 200 people have been arrested at unscheduled protests. Most of the charges are misdemeanor offenses, but some involved weapons and violence charges.

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