BATON ROUGE - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana J. Walter Green, and Col. Mike Edmonson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police (LSP), met to discuss the recent shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and the investigation currently underway. Yesterday, Gov. Edwards and officials from Baton Rouge requested the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) conduct the investigation.  Gov. Edwards has committed to supporting a thorough and transparent investigation, and has offered assistance from the LSP. Following the meeting, Gov. Edwards and Col. Edmonson released the following statements:

“As we begin to make sense of this tragedy, I am committed to assisting the USDOJ throughout this criminal investigation in an effort to ensure justice is served,” said Gov. Edwards. “The people of Baton Rouge and across Louisiana should have no doubt that a thorough and impartial investigation is taking place as we speak. The state police and I will offer assistance in any way that we can. As we move forward, I am, again, asking the people of Louisiana to voice their concerns constructively and peacefully as our community continues to come together over the coming days. I continue to offer my prayers to everyone involved from this area.”

“The Louisiana State Police is fully committed to this investigation and its integrity until it has been concluded,” stated Colonel Michael Edmonson, Superintendent of Louisiana State Police. “Under Governor Edwards’ direction, the Louisiana State Police will lend any and all resources or man power of the department to assist with this investigation.”