Alton Sterling case: Baton Rouge officer fired in shooting death

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Baton Rouge Officer Is Fired in Alton Sterling Case; Another Is Suspended

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul announced Officer Blane Salamoni's firing less than a week after Louisiana's attorney general ruled out criminal charges in Alton Sterling's July 2016 shooting death. Officer Blane Salamoni was let go from the department while the second officer involved in the shooting, Howie Lake II, was suspended for three days without pay, Paul said.

The attorneys also called for the formation of a national, elected independent body to investigate officer-involved shootings. Salamoni then runs at Sterling and tackles him to the ground.

"Officer Salamoni stated that he was saying to himself, 'Oh God, please don't let this guy shoot me, I don't want to die, ' " the report states.

"I'm going to shoot you in your fucking head", Salamoni appears to yell, before hitting Sterling with a stun gun.

One police officer has been fired, and another suspended following the 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

"The way that I was positioned, every shot that he would have taken would have hit me and killed me", Salamoni said.

Salamoni said Sterling repeatedly reached for a loaded.38-caliber handgun in his pocket, adding the revolver had been "the majority of the way" out of Sterling's pocket.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul Jr. seemed at times during a Friday afternoon press conference to chide officers who react to calls with an overstated amount of fear and he pleaded with the public to listen and follow directives from officers when you encounter them.

The fatal encounter between the two white police officers and Sterling, a black man, helped spur renewed Black Lives Matter protests across the nation.

"Our examination will determine if any policies or procedures were violated by our officers during the incident", Paul said.

"These actions were not minor deviations from policy, as they contributed to the outcome to the death of another human being", he said.

While attorneys for Sterling's family said they were disappointed that Lake had not been fired, Adams said he respected that Lake was given the maximum punishment allowed for his violation.

It's unclear whether other evidentiary items, including audio recordings and eyewitness statements, will be released.

Both officers had been on paid leave since the investigation began in 2016. "I assure you that the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department will reciprocate".

Those videos had showed that Lake wrestled Sterling to the ground, and that Salamoni shot him multiple times at close range in the back and chest.

It was also the first time Sterling's children saw the video.

Sterling's death, and the decision not to prosecute the officers, has fueled African Americans' frustration with a legal system that fails to convict officers.

Paul said the body cam videos from the officers and a nearby convenience store's surveillance footage is graphic and "shocking to the conscience". The U.S. Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges previous year.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said this week that Lake and Salamoni would not be charged in the shooting since evidence showed their actions were justified.

Both officers escaped criminal charges.

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