NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for the children of Alton Sterling, a Black man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, said a decision by local officials against offering $5 million to settle a pending civil case showed they were uninformed about the matter.

The Easton Baton Rouge Metro Council fell a vote short of approval Wednesday. Sterling was killed in a struggle with two officers outside a convenience store in July 2016. In 2017, lawyers for Sterling’s five children filed a wrongful death civil suit against the city, its police department and others.

Attorney Chris Stewart said he was surprised by the Metro Council's decision, calling council members misinformed.

(Story written by CHEVEL JOHNSON/AP)

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