The department has not specified the race of the officer, but Jason Downs, the lead attorney for Sterling's family, has said his understanding is the officer is white.
"That's the question. We want to know how long it took the ambulance to arrive and who was called first, the union rep or the ambulance," Mr. Downs said at a press conference at the Thurgood Marshall Center in Northwest. "Are we prioritizing the safety of innocent civilians? Or are we prioritizing making sure officers get their story straight with their union representative?"