Refusal to prosecute cops who killed Alton Sterling condemned
Chicago, IL – A prominent leader of the movement against police crimes, Frank Chapman, of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, condemned the March 27 decision by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to not prosecute the Baton Rouge, Louisiana cops who murdered Alton Sterling in July 2016.
Chapman stated, “Ever since Ferguson, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and state law enforcement have been teaming up to make sure that cops are not prosecuted for killing Black people. Like Alton Sterling's family, we were disappointed but not surprised. The DOJ typically could not justify Sterling's killing, so they used ‘reasonable doubt’ to avoid prosecuting the perpetrators. This is unacceptable. This is why we must have community control of the police.”