Lawyer for fired Louisiana officer plans appeal

Lawyer for fired Louisiana officer plans appeal

Lawyer for fired Louisiana officer plans appeal

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.

Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced Friday night that they will fire officer Blake Salamoni, for violating department policies during the July 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.

Lake and Salamoni will appeal the decisions made by an administrative review board and upheld by Paul, the chief told a news conference. "When a police officer gives you direction, listen, follow his directives", said Paul. Three more shots are fired. "Pay our police officers", Paul said.

"Fear can not be a driver to an officer's response to every incident", he said.

Salamoni pulled his gun seconds after arriving to help Officer Howie Lake search Sterling, according to his body camera video.

"What I did, sir?.I'm saying what happened man", he is heard saying as Salamoni starts his profanity-laced tirade on the man. Sterling responds at one point.

The state report quotes Salamoni this way: "Don't f****** move, or I'll shoot you in your f****** head".

According to sources familiar with the case, Salamoni pointed his gun at Sterling's head and told him he would "blow his f**king head off" if he did not put his hands on a nearby vehicle. The officers proceed to shock Sterling with a stun gun and tackle him before ultimately shooting and killing him.

The other officer involved in the shooting - Howie Lake II - will suspended for three days, Paul said.

Attorneys for Sterling's family demanded the release of the police videos previous year, when the Justice Department declined to pursue federal civil rights charges against the officers.

It is unclear if Sterling was in a relationship at the time of his death.

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"We have two officers involved in one incident", he said. One of them appeared to yell, "He's got a gun!" before shots rang out.

As Sterling struggled on the ground, they fired another three in to his back. An autopsy deemed his death a homicide caused by multiple gunshot wounds. Lake's camera becomes unclipped from his upper body but continues to record as they continue to shout orders at Sterling, swearing throughout the confrontation.

Sterling's five children filed a wrongful death lawsuit last summer against the city of Baton Rouge - accusing the city of inadequate police training.

"The videos that you will see and hear are graphic and are shocking to the conscience", Paul said, after explaining that the videos do not constitute the entirety of evidence considered in the investigation of the officers.

Sterling didn't threaten or put a hand on the officers, Stewart said.

Landry also said this week that toxicology reports showed Sterling had drugs in his system when he was killed, and the attorney attorney general said it was "reasonable that Mr".

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that his office isn't charging either officer with state crimes.

Video footage was repeatedly cited by state and federal authorities in explaining their decisions not to pursue charges in the case. The Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges previous year.

The cell phone video, which went viral, shows the officers pinning Sterling to the ground as someone yells, "He's got a gun!"

The police department also released body camera and surveillance footage from the shooting.

The video shows Salamoni's gun very close to the right side of Sterling's head as Sterling protests that someone is hurting his arm. Cellphone video of the shooting had been released in the past. Lake helped wrestle Sterling to the ground but didn't fire his weapon.

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