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Lawyer for Officer Says Client Relieved

Alton Sterling
Posted at 5:12 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 13:23:24-04

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A lawyer for the white Baton Rouge police officer who shot and killed a black man during a struggle last summer says his client is relieved the Justice Department isn't charging him with a federal crime.

John McLindon, Blane Salamoni's attorney, told The Associated Press he spoke to the officer Wednesday after the Justice Department announced its decision in the investigation of Alton Sterling's fatal shooting on July 5.

He says the "stress of the unknown" has been hard on Salamoni and his family while they wait for the investigation to conclude.

McLindon says he can't discuss the evidence in the case due to a pending state investigation.

But he expressed confidence state authorities also will rule out criminal charges against Salamoni and a second white police officer involved in the deadly confrontation.