The Justice Department has decided not to bring charges against the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, whose videotaped shooting by police in Baton Rouge last summer prompted unrest across the city, and is planning to reveal in the next 24 hours that it has closed the probe, according to four people familiar with the matter.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Sterling family had yet to be informed by the Justice Department of the decision, and it is unclear how and when the department will announce its findings.
“We have not heard nor received an update and are unaware of any charges that may or may not be filed,” said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the Sterling family’s attorneys. “We have not received word, nor has the family been given any notice of upcoming updates regarding this case.”
The case will be the first time under Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the department has publicly declined to prosecute officers investigated for possible wrongdoing in a high-profile case, and officials in Baton Rouge have been girding for a possible reaction there.
Sterling’s death last summer sparked tense protests across the city. President Barack Obama weighed in on the matter then, declaring his confidence in the Justice Department probe and remarking, “We have seen tragedies like this too many times.”
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1. When KUWTK premiered in 2007, the Kardashian/Jenner klan was still bright eyed and bushy tailed.
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2. Kim Kardashian
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3. Back then, she was known as the girl from the sex tape and barely knew how to pose of the red carpet.
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4. Kim’s Love Life
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5. Kim & Kourtney Kardashian before KUWTK debuted (2006)
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6. Kourtney Kardashian
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7. But her tumultuous relationship with Scott Disick kept fans interested in her story.
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8. 3 kids and 10 years later, hot mama Kourt is single and ready to mingle.
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9. Khloe Kardashian
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10. We watched her fall in love and marry Lamar Odom within 30 days — and divorce him four years later
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11. We also saw her try to get her mojo back with some of the hottest rappers and athletes in the game after a difficult divorce.
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12. These days, the rumoured mom-to-be is spending her days in Cleveland with boyfriend Tristan Thompson.
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13. Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner (2007)
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14. Kendall Jenner
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15. Back in 2013, Kendall decided to take her love for modeling seriously and now she’s the most sought after supermodel in the game.
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16. Kylie Jenner
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17. But about six years into the show, the rumoured mom-to-be proved that she had the potential to be the new star of the family.
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18. Rob Kardashian
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19. Rob Kardashian And Blac Chyna
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20. Kris Jenner
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21. Kris and Caitlyn Jenner
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22. Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble
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23. Bruce Jenner
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24. Caitlyn Jenner
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