The children of a black man killed by a white police officer previous year, sued the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday for being responsible of their father's death. "There have also been multiple verbal racist comments by officers reported to the department". "It's about resolving this case for the children who no longer have a father because proper procedures weren't followed".
The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages. The police department said that it would not comment on pending litigation, and the city did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment in time for publication.
The lawsuit, which comprises 26 pages, claims that Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake breached protocol and used excessive force when they shot Sterling while responding to reports at a convenience store that a resident had been threatened by a Black man who was selling CDs.
The news follows the Justice Department's May ruling that made a decision to not press charges against the officers.
Sterling was shot and killed outside a Baton Rouge convenience store just after midnight July 5. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's office is conducting its own investigation to determine whether state criminal charges should be filed.
Store owner Abdul Muflahi told HuffPost past year that he witnessed the shooting and did not see Sterling with a gun, but did see officers remove one from Sterling's pocket. The family of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed in 2014 by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, settled its wrongful death lawsuit against that city for an undisclosed amount. "Officer Salamoni then fired three more rounds needlessly and excessively into the back of Mr. Sterling".
The lawsuit comes a day after the mother of Philando Castile - a black motorist killed by a white police officer one day after Sterling - reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, in his death. "The civil suit is for the children and for the community", said Stewart.