Alton Sterling’s aunt is voicing impatience with what she says is the slow pace of the federal investigation into Sterling’s fatal shooting a month ago during an encounter with two Baton Rouge police officers.
“Let’s get it over (with) so we can all heal,’’ Sandra Sterling, who raised Alton Sterling starting when he was 11, tells The Advertiser. “Justice is having those police officers held accountable for what they did.”
She and Baton Rouge community activist Arthur Reed were in the Washington D.C. area after they participated in a town hall last Wednesday at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. Sandra Sterling says she’s worried there will be new outbreaks of violence in Baton Rouge if no one is held accountable. The shooting sparked occasionally violent protests in the city, and on July 17, Gavin Long, 29, shot and killed three Baton Rouge police officers before another officer killed him.
“Nobody is talking about the aftermath,’’ she tells the Lafayette newspaper. “You know how small Baton Rouge is? If they tear Baton Rouge up, we’re not going to have anything.’’
Sandra Sterling says the community is peaceful, but impatient.
“It been a month,’’ she says. “It’s too long.’’
Citing the ongoing status of the probe, the Justice Department declined to provide a comment to The Advertiser, which has the full story.