No charges for officers in Alton Sterling case
Louisiana the attorney general of the rules of criminal charges against two Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old black man outside a supermarket.
A Louisiana officer was fired and another was temporarily suspended Friday after a disciplinary hearing over their involvement in the fatal July 2016 shooting of a black man, in the Baton Rouge chief of police said.
The decision comes days after Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that criminal charges would not be filed against the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.
Baton Rouge police chief Murphy Paul Jr. said that the decision to fire Blane Salamoni and suspend Howie Lake II for three days “was not based on politics.”
“It was not based on emotions,” said Paul. “It was based on the facts of the case.”
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Authorities also released body camera footage and other videos of the officers’ deadly encounter with Sterling, that took place outside of the grocery store, Triple S Food Mart, where the slain man was selling homemade Cds. Authorities Sterling after responding to a report of a man with a gun outside the store.
In the profanity-laced video, an officer can be heard shouting and cursing at Sterling and at one point threatens to shoot him in the head Sterling asks what he did.
When Sterling complains that the officers hurt him, one of the agents says that the use of a Taser on him and an electrical humming can be heard. The officer believed to be Salamoni, runs on the pound Sterling, the approach of him as the images from the camera blurs with the movement.
Someone shouts “he has a gun,” then gunshots ring out.
Sterling was shot down by Salamoni six times during the fatal confrontation. More helped struggling, the 37-year-old man on the ground, but do not shoot his weapon.
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If Sterling remained on the ground after the shots were fired, an officer can be heard on the recording using profanity, calling him “stupid.”
Officials with a loaded gun in Sterling bag, which he legally could not carry, as he was a convicted felon.
Both Salamoni, who had been with the department for four years before the shooting, and More, that would have been used there three, were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident.
Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, in a statement said she “fully” supports the head of the police decision and is grateful for his leadership and his quick, decisive and fair action on this case.”
“Although the investigation in this case concluded, the dialogue is not the end of today,” she said. “I promise to continue to lead and facilitate respectful conversations between the community and the enforcement of the law in an attempt to build trust and understanding on both sides.”
Widespread protests occurred in the city, in the wake of Sterling’s death, during which nearly 200 persons were arrested.
Fox News’ Tyler Speicher and The Associated Press contributed to this report.