• Press Release

Alton Sterling Case Highlights Need for Criminal Justice Reform

May 2, 2017

Following reports that the DOJ will file no charges against Baton Rouge police officers in the death of Alton Sterling, Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang made the following statement:

“Once again another family is grieving for the death of their loved one at the hands of police. What happened to Alton Sterling – and so many others — is a reflection of the dire need for a nationwide review of laws governing when and how police should use deadly force. Not one U.S. state complies with international standards, which is simply that deadly force can only be used when there is an imminent threat to life.

“Police officers have a fundamental obligation to respect and protect human life. Until changes are made, more lives are going to be needlessly lost.”