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Officer Who Shot Alton Sterling Fired From BRPD

31 Марта 2018

Blane Salamoni shot Alton Sterling, 37, six times during a struggle outside a convenience store he where was selling homemade CDs in July 2016.

Sterling should not have been in possession of a gun when he died.

The decision comes days after state Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that criminal charges would not be filed against the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.

The officers, in documents also released Friday that detail the police department's internal investigation, said that Sterling was reaching for a gun in his pocket and that Salamoni had no choice but to use deadly force. "Truth that we don't really see too often".

Salamoni told police that "God was probably the only reason that Sterling did not shoot him because if he did, he would have shot him in his femoral arteries or groin and he would be dead". "Put your hands on the auto or I'm going to shoot you in your f--ing head, do you understand me!" he's heard saying. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground but didn't fire his weapon.

An officer immediately draws his weapon and, after some more shouting, what appear to be gunshots ring out.

When the officers get up, Sterling is lying on the ground outside the front door of the convenience store with a blood-soaked red shirt. The other officer involved was suspended for three days. Police claimed they thought he had a gun, but he was found to only have a cell phone.

As Sterling remained on the ground after shots were fired, an officer can be heard on the recording using profanity calling him "stupid".

Both officers had been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.

Paul said Salamoni chose not to answer any questions during BRPD's investigation, per the advisement of his attorney.

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A loaded handgun was then pulled from Sterling's pocket, investigators say. He just kept asking Salamoni and Lake what he had done.

"The way that I was positioned, every shot that he would have taken would have hit me and killed me", Salamoni said. His death prompted intense protests in Baton Rouge and beyond, along with the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a Minnesota school cafeteria worked killed during a traffic stop.

Sterling replies by saying alright and telling officers that they're hurting his arm.

"There's nothing that can make it OK", Stewart said.

"Our police officers are held to a higher standard". "Fear can not be a driver for an officer's response to every incident".

The feds cited use-of-force experts who determined the officers' actions were reasonable under the circumstances - including that the two employed several less-than-lethal techniques before using force, and that Sterling struggled with the officers and failed to follow orders.

Salamoni's firing and Lake's suspension are the first serious consequences for the officers since the shooting. The two officers arrived not long afterwards.

"Please stop resisting, stop running, when the police officer gives you direction, listen", Paul said.

Salamoni's attorney, John McLindon, said he will appeal his client's firing to a civil service board.

There is still a civil suit against both officers. The person who was out of control it was Blane Salamoni.

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