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Justice Department to investigate Alton Sterling's killing by police in Louisiana

Justice Department to investigate Alton Sterling's killing by police in Louisiana

The fatal police shooting of an African American man hawking CDs in front of a convenience store in this sweltering Southern city has once again reignited the nation’s long-running debate over race, police and the use of force.

The shooting by two white police officers — as 37-year-old Alton Sterling was apparently pinned to the ground — quickly sent angry protesters into the streets of the Louisiana capital and prompted the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to take the lead in the investigation to determine what happened.

“Like you, there is a lot that we do not understand, and at this point, like you, I am demanding answers,” Baton Rouge...

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