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(Reuters) – A white Louisiana police officer was fired on Friday and a second suspended for the killing of Alton Sterling, a black man shot in a 2016 incident that inflamed the U.S. debate on racial bias in law enforcement, a police official said.
Baton Rouge officer Blane Salamoni was dismissed for violating department standards on use of force and for losing his temper in the deadly incident, Police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference.
The second officer involved in the confrontation, Howie Lake, was suspended for three days for violating the command of temper standard. The decisions followed an administrative review of the July 2016 shooting, and both officers plan to appeal, Paul said.
The decisions are designed “to bring closure to a cloud that has been over our community for far too long,” he said.
Sterling, 37, was shot outside a convenience store after a resident reported…
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Alton Sterling was 37-years old when he was killed on July 5, 2016, in Baton Rouge, LA. Alton was selling homemade CD’s and DVD’s outside the Triple S Food Mart when Officer Blane Salamoni fired six shots into Alton at close range. Officer Howie Lake II, shocked Alton with a stun gun and helped wrestle Sterling to the ground but did not fire his gun.
In May of this year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not bring federal criminal charges against the officers. The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is now investigating the case.
Alton’s children and their mothers have filed a civil suit. Attorneys representing them have requested a private viewing of videos that include police body cams and surveillance video that captured the moments before Alton was fatally shot. The Attorney General’s office has those videos, but as of October 5, 2017, have not complied with the request.
Two cellphone videos taken by bystanders captured the violent end of the encounter and were made public, but body cam and surveillance videos are in possession of the Attorney General’s office and have not been made public.
In May, the DOJ told lawyers and family members about the audio and video from the shooting, and at times described it. According to a source who spoke with The Advocate, Officer Salamoni is seen pointing his gun at Alton’s head, yelling profanities, and a threat to kill him. Read the rest of this entry