The New York Times agree with Jeff Sessions’ justice department to not prosecute the two officers involved in Alton Sterling case.
From Daily Caller: A New York Times write-up Thursday defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision not to charge two officers for the fatal shooting of a black man by pointing out the Obama administration would have done the same.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) declined to bring civil rights charges Wednesday against the two officers involved in the July shooting of Alton Sterling, citing a lack of evidence to charge them. Officers maintained they shot Sterling because he reached for his gun as they tried to arrest him.
While civil rights organizations called the decision an “erosion” of civil rights , the NYT pointed out that the Sessions DOJ was merely following in the footsteps of the Obama DOJ.
“In declining to prosecute officers in the July shooting of Alton B. Sterling in Baton Rouge, Mr. Sessions was keeping with — not breaking from — a long standing pattern,” the NYT said.
“Even under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department rarely prosecuted police officers in deadly shootings, including those that inspired the greatest outrage.”