When I think about how many times this has led to nothing, things have to change with this case.
The U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division will be the lead agency investigating the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters Wednesday.The U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI and state police also will be involved, he said.Edwards said he has “very serious concerns” after having watched a cell phone video of the shooting.“The video is disturbing to say the least,” he said.He said officials agreed there should be an independent investigation.“There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that this incident is going to be investigated impartially and thoroughly,” the governor said.Edwards said he expressed his condolences Wednesday to Sterling’s family, speaking on the phone with his aunt.The graphic video shows a deadly encounter outside a convenience store.Two police officers pin down Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, then shoot him as he lies on the ground.The video, shared widely on social media, quickly sparked local protests and drew national attention.Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police say they came to the scene early Tuesday after an anonymous 911 caller reported a man threatening him with a gun.Accounts of what happened next depend on whom you ask.Sterling is dead. Authorities are investigating. And the president of the NAACP’s local branch is calling for the city’s police chief and mayor to resign.The U.S. attorney’s office in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police will lead the investigation into the shooting, Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said.Edmond Jordan, an attorney representing Sterling’s family, said the video of the shooting raises troubling questions.“I think that the city is going to have to give us some good answers,” Jordan, who is also a Louisiana state legislator, told CNN. “And I don’t know if they’ll be able to.”Sterling’s family, he said, has seen the video of the shooting.“(They) are taking it hard right now … overwhelmed with grief,” he said.The 48-second video appears to be cell phone footage recorded by a witness inside a nearby car.It begins with the camera facing a car dashboard. A single pop is heard. Then someone yells, “Get on the ground.”Another pop follows.The camera then pans up to two officers confronting a man in a red shirt. The man is Sterling, according to his family’s attorney.An officer pulls him over the hood of a silver car and pins him to the ground. Once he’s down, the officer begins to assist a second officer in restraining Sterling.Seconds later, someone shouts, “He’s got a gun.”An officer can be seen drawing something from his waist and pointing it at the man on the ground.More yelling follows, though it’s hard to make out what’s being said. Then there are two more bangs.The witnesses inside the car shout and swear. Three more bangs go off. A woman in the car starts crying.