Alton Sterling’s aunt speaks after family accepts $4.5 million settlement to rest civil lawsuit

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- The family of Alter Sterling is accepting $4.5 million from the Baton Rouge city-parish to end the civil lawsuit.

In July 2016 Sterling was at the Triple Food Mart on North Foster Drive selling cd’s. He was shot and killed during a conflict with two Baton Rouge Police officers. One officer was fired and the other was suspended.

Sterling was shot by an officer six times.

Veda Washington, Sterling’s aunt, says she is happy for her nephews children, but for her justice is not served. She wanted the officers involved held accountable.

“They can give a billion dollars, it’s still not enough,” Washington said. “I’m mad because I am still missing nephews that should still be alive.”

Councilwoman C. Denesie Marcell who pushed for the $4.5 million says the settlement is a step in the right direction.

“With the hard work of their attorneys and the patience of sterling’s family I think we are going to see policies change in the BRPD department and no families should go through this,” Marcell said. “This gives the city some type of healing. It’s like an open wound and it had never been really healed because mother had ever been done.”

July 5th marks the firth anniversary of Sterling’s death.

Washington plans to continue protesting for police brutality.

“I will keep fighting, nobody is fighting for him,” Washington said.

On Friday the Sterling family attorney’s issues the following statement:

“On behalf of the family of Alton Sterling, we are pleased to announce that we have reached a $4.5 million settlement with the city of Baton Rouge and dismissed our lawsuit against the city and others. 

This settlement, which was reached through hard work and collaboration between attorneys for Mr. Sterling’s family and the Baton Rouge City Council, will allow the city to heal and provide a pathway for Mr. Sterling’s children to be provided for financially.  Additionally, we are grateful for the significant policy changes that have been and will be implemented by the city of Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Police Department following Mr. Sterling’s death.

Our hope is that these policy changes, which focus on de-escalation, providing verbal warnings prior to using deadly force and prohibiting officers from both using chokeholds and firing into moving vehicles, will ensure that no other family has to endure the trauma and heartbreak that Mr. Sterling’s family went through and will create a better future going forward for Baton Rouge residents.”

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