BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The family of Alton Sterling held a news conference following Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's announcement that charges would not be filed against either officer involved in the deadly shooting.
"A lot of us were not surprised," said Chris Stewart, an attorney representing the Sterling family. "It takes courage and we did not see that in this case."
Family members were seen embracing moments after the announcement. Some were crying.
Stewart called this a political decision and said it's time to hold Landry accountable.
"The only thing people care about is power. This was a political decision," he said. "So in order to respond, we will hold you politically responsible. From city council, mayor, police chief, attorney general, whoever you may be if you're not standing up for justice."
Attorney Michael Adams said a civil lawsuit has been filed.
"These men thought they could be a bully and thought they could take this man's life, but this is not over," Adams said. "We will prove in a court of law that the actions of these officers were outrageous. They were not necessary. They exceeded all bounds of decency."
The woman who raised Alton Sterling, his aunt, who had a stroke since this all began, said Landry should be ashamed of this decision.
"I'm not crying anymore," Sandra Sterling said. "I will get justice from a higher power."
She added officers took an oath "to serve and protect not to serve and kill."
Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton Sterling's son, Cameron, said they will get justice.
"Yes, we did not get justice here today, but we will get justice," McMillon explained. "We don't hate anyone, but we just want justice."
Louisiana lawmakers also commented on the decision of Landry not to file charges against the officers.
Senator Regina Barrow said she's extremely disappointed with the decision, but not surprised.
"I'm upset that he took this long to do what I believe was already the determination months ago," she told WAFB. "My thoughts and prayers are with the family."
State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, who stood with the family, said this is unfair.
"Words cannot describe how disappointed I am in Jeff Landry for not doing his job," she said. "We deserve better and we should demand better."
Marcelle's thoughts were echoed by other lawmakers.
"Basically, what I expected he was going to say," added state Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge. "Extremely disappointed he waited all this time to say it. Hoping BRPD chief will take some action."
"I'm disgusted, man," state Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, told Kevin Frey. "It's like the US attorney and Jeff Landry reviewed two totally different cases. I looking forward to Jeff Landry releasing the video. Why conceal the truth? Let us see and decide who to believe. I keep hearing the US attorney talk about recklessness and negligence."
The ACLU of Louisiana said in a statement after the announcement that Sterling's death is "yet another example of police brutality against people of color," noting Sterling became the 122nd black person to be killed by law enforcement in 2016.
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Officials with The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge issued the following statement on the decision: