Statement of Bishop Robert W. Muench Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge On Recent Developments Regarding the Alton Sterling Shooting

Posted March 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm

After a 10-month state department of justice investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that no charges would be brought against the two Baton Rouge Police Department officers involved. This morning’s announcement follows a similar finding by the United States Department of Justice last May. BRPD Chief Murphy Paul indicated his department is continuing an internal audit and administrative review of the case, and the results will be announced Friday.
Let us take time during this Holy Week to pray for healing for all who have been wounded by this tragic event. As we walk the way of the cross during this last week of Lent, let us pray for the Sterling family, for law enforcement officials who risk their lives for our public safety, and for racial healing and transformation in our community.
As Catholics, we are continually called to conversion, to build bridges of dialogue, understanding, respect and life-giving action with all of our brothers and sisters.
May God bless our city this Holy Week, and may He move our hearts and our wills to work for the establishment of peace and justice on earth.

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