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SPLC: Justice Department offers no accountability in Sterling death

The Justice Department's reported decision in the Alton Sterling death investigation is deeply troubling. The American people need an answer as to why the final moments of Sterling's life looked less like a police stop and more like a public execution.

Thorough investigations that demand accountability for police violence are not an attack on law enforcement. They are necessary for safe, strong communities. The public must have confidence that their local police department values the lives of all the people they have sworn to protect and serve. Our work will not be done until that standard is met in Baton Rouge and other communities across the country.