BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – The family of Alton Sterling, a Baton Rouge resident who was the victim of an officer-involved shooting death, are demanding a quick federal investigation into the incident, mirroring rhetoric from the Black Lives Matter movement.
After U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced there was no timetable yet on the investigation into Sterling’s death by numerous federal departments, Sterling’s aunt says she has “no faith in the justice system.”
“It’s sad that before they reach out to the family, and tell us anything, they’re gonna put it on the news, or in the newspaper. That’s crazy,” Veda Sterling Washington Abusaleh told the Baton Rouge Advocate in a statement. “It’s sad. I have no faith in the justice system, and in Louisiana, none at all. It’s horrible that this happened to my family.”
Abusaleh said the family had not yet been contacted on the investigation, though it remains unfinished.
Federal investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have already devoted hundreds of hours to the investigation, as Breitbart Texas reported.
“The investigation remains ongoing, and will conclude only when we have gathered, reviewed and evaluated all available evidence,” Green said of the investigation. “There is no timetable for when this will be finished.”
Still, the Black Lives Matter organization has said the investigation should already be wrapped up by now.
“We want to press upon our local government but also go all the way to feds that we want a decision on the investigation,” a Black Lives Matter protester told WBRZ last month during protests.
The protester said Black Lives Matter is demanding ” a time line of some type of idea of when we can get a decision,” on the Sterling case.
John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.