No charges for Police Officer who shot and killed Terrence Sterling.
In September 2016, an unarmed black motorist named Terrence Sterling was shot in the back by police. According to reports, Sterling was heading home from a bachelor party when a police cruiser blocked the man’s path in an intersection which caused a collision. Witnesses said that Sterling had his hands on the bike the entire time. Police reported that officer Brian Trainer fired shots at Sterling after his motorcycle hit the police car. According to police, no weapons were found on Sterling.
Since then, the U.S. Attorney’s office for D.C. has announced that they are not filing charges against Officer Trainer. Officials on the case said that CCTV footage, physical evidence, witness accounts, cell phone footage, Department of Transportation video, and the autopsy report were reviewed to come to the conclusion. Federal officials said, “There is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer violated Mr. Sterling’s civil rights by willfully using more force than was reasonably necessary, had the necessary criminal intent when he shot Mr. Sterling or was not acting in self-defense."
The Sterling family’s attorney Jason Downs told the press “They don’t believe they can get a conviction despite the fact that Brian Trainer shot an unarmed man in the back, a man that had no weapons whatsoever.”