The family of Alton Sterling filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and police of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday (June 27). The lawsuit will seek unspecified damages from the city and the police department, including the officers involved.
“This is not about whether the officers should go to jail. It’s about resolving this case for the children who no longer have a father because proper procedures weren’t followed,” L. Chris Stewart, legal representative of one of Sterling’s five children involved in the lawsuit, said.
The lawsuit claims protocol was breached and excessive force was used on Alton Sterling while the police officers were following up on a call about a black man selling CDs. It also claims that a “longstanding pervasive policy of tolerating racist behavior by some of its officers” was relevant.