Justice Department will not charge Baton Rouge officers in shooting death of black man

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Alton Sterling, 37, was killed by police outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Associated Press has learned that the Justice Department has decided not to bring charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of Alton Sterling, a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video.

A person familiar with the decision disclosed it to the AP on Tuesday. The person was not authorized to talk publicly about the decision and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The decision doesn’t prevent state authorities from investigating Alton Sterling’s death themselves and pursuing their own criminal charges.

The July 2016 shooting set off protests in Louisiana’s capital and beyond.

A police report says the officers saw the butt of a gun in one of Sterling’s pants pockets and saw him try to reach for it before he was shot.