Chief Paul said that Officer Salamoni violated Division force policy and that Officer Lake violated his "domination order" policy.
The chief spoke mainly in generalities about why the men found were violating the guidelines. "An official attempted to use de-escalation and decoupling techniques consistent with policies, procedures, and training," he said. "And an officer did not follow the tactics, the training, the professionalism and the organizational standards."
He also said, "Fear can not drive an officer's reaction to any incident, and unreasonable fear within an officer is dangerous."
On Thursday, the closed hearings of the administration took place. Chief Paul noted that while Officer Lake answered all the questions he was asked at his hearing, Officer Salamoni, on the advice of his lawyer, had decided not to answer any questions.
The chief's announcement was intended to bring some relief to activists and Mr. Sterling's family members, who have become increasingly frustrated after state and federal decisions.
The decision also came because of tensions and protests over another shootout in Sacramento. Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man, was shot dead by police in his grandmother's yard more than 20 times on 18 March. A private autopsy, commissioned by Mr. Clark's family and released Friday, revealed that eight bullets had hit him and that his death took three to ten minutes to ask why he was not getting medical treatment faster.
Part of Sterling's fatal encounter with the Baton Rouge officers was captured in a widely visible mobile phone video in which officers can be seen holding Mr. Sterling down. At some point you hear someone say, "He has a gun! Gun!"
The two officers responded to a call that a man who met Mr. Sterling's description wielded a weapon.
A recent video close to the store shows Mr. Sterling standing at a folding table, apparently doing business with two clients. Officer Lake approaches and picks up Mr. Sterling's arm.
Footage of Mr. Salamoni's video camera showing him approaching moments later
The three men quarrel as officials try to force Mr. Sterling over the bonnet of a car and as Officer Salomoni to turn, threatens again and again to shoot Sterling in the head. Officer Lake fires his taser twice at Mr. Sterling, Officer Salamoni pushes him to the ground.
Shots sound. As Mr. Sterling stands face down and motionless in the parking lot, Officer Salamoni swears by and searches Mr. Sterling's pockets, apparently for a firearm.
A state report noted Officer Lake in Mr Sterling's pocket after shooting. The report also contained the results of a toxicology test stating that Mr. Sterling's blood contained alcohol, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and THC. The amount of methamphetamine, the report said, was linked to "abusers who displayed violent and irrational behavior."
Michael Sterling, a solicitor for the Sterling family, said the videos showed that Mr. Sterling was clear and not "deranged" or "out of control".
"He remained relatively calm during this process," he said. "And that's another story or presentation if you read the results of the Attorney General."
Another family lawyer, L. Chris Stewart, said he was pleased that Salamoni was leaving the force.
The two officers may now seek their punishment from a Civil Service Bureau who will conduct public procedures and maintain, remove or amend the sentences. The officials can then challenge this decision before a state district court.
Prior to announcing the chief on Friday, Sharon Weston Broome, mayor of Baton Rouge, publicly said she would like to see Officer Salamoni fired and Officer Lake disciplined. Ms. Broome, who was elected in 2016, promised during her campaign that she would replace the current chief of police and fulfilled this promise at the end of last year by announcing Mr. Paul's appointment.
Lawyers for the two officers are in the appeal process to hear the mayor's statements and demand the discipline of the officers, arguing that the sentences are a foregone conclusion, said Henry DH Olinde, a lawyer with Baton Rouge considerable experience in public service cases.
Will the Mayor's statement in any way influence the decision of the Chief of Police?
In an interview with a local television station, John S. McLindon, the lawyer of Officer Salamoni, said that he vigorously called the appeal "a matter of principle", noting that his client did not expect his work
"I think it's unfair," said Mr. McLindon, "He had to make a few seconds quick decisions – a few seconds quick decisions."
A solicitor for Mr. Lake could not comment on Friday night for comment
The new police chief, who is black, has a difficult political path to navigate in a racially and economically divided southern city He will need to bring his police forces to his side to support a reform agenda and the confidence of the residents winning in protest after Sterling's death.
Chief Paul spoke at his press conference of a retaliatory act After the shootout in which a man shot and killed two police officers from Baton Rouge and a deputy sheriff. He spoke of the work of the officers, who rarely attract international attention, and encouraged the residents to file complaints if they felt abused by the police.
He also urged them not to oppose the orders of the officers and treat the police with respect.
"Please stop resisting, stop running," he said, "If the policeman gives you the direction, listen."
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