Baton Rouge police announced Friday night that they will fire officer Blane Salamoni for breach of departmental guidelines during the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in July 2016.
The announcement came three days after Salamoni and his colleague Howie announced Lake was not charged with the shooting that happened at a time when the police were intensely violent and massive local protests were triggered. Lake, the department announced on Friday, will be blocked for three days.
Police chief Murphy Paul said in a press conference on Friday that Salamoni had violated the department's "training and organizational" standards. Earlier this week, Salamoni's lawyer told the Washington Post that the officer expected to be released and that he had already prepared his appeal
"Our police officers are being held at a higher level," Paul said. "Fear can not be a driver" for officers.
When it announced Salamoni's firing, the division also released new, graphic video of the confrontation that led to Sterling's death, captured by the body camera Salamoni wore.
While the department had initially reported that the officer's camera had fallen off and captured no relevant video, the video released on Friday shows Salamoni arriving at the scene and immediately yelling at Professor Sterling's obscenities and threatening to stab him in the head shoot.
Sir? "Sterling answers at once."
"Do not move, or I'll shoot your F-ing, a-, b-! "Salamoni replies," Put your hands on the car, or I'll shoot your head! "
Sterling replies with the words," Alright, "and tells the officers to hurt his arm. Stinging Sterling with a stun gun and stabbing him before he finally shoots him.
A boy sits next to a makeshift memorial in front of the Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was shot dead by the police in Baton Rouge in July 2016. (Jonathan Bachman / Reuters)
The release of the video and the announcement of the officers involved comes three days after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the state would not prosecute any of the two officials The Ministry of Justice's announcement last year that it would not file civil charges raised criticism from activists and lawyers. [1 9659012] Sterling's July 2016 death was captured in video footage of viewers who triggered national outrage. In this record, Sterling could be seen on the floor with two officers on top of him. One of them seemed to scream, "He has a gun!", Before shots were heard.
According to Landry's office, Sterling was shot six times – three times in the chest and three times in his back. An autopsy considered his death a homicide caused by several gunshot wounds.
Sterling was among 963 people fatally beaten by the police in 2016, according to the Swiss Post's database tracking such incidents. His death prompted protests in Baton Rouge and beyond, along with the deadly shots of Philadelphia's Minnesota school cafeteria worker killed during a traffic stop. These two incidents were preceded by raids that killed police officers – five killed after the death of Castile in Dallas and three killed in Baton Rouge – in a moment of highest national racial tensions.
While viewer videos drew attention to Sterling's death, it was not the only record of what happened. Sterling's lawyers said last year that they had learned from state investigators that Salamoni Sterling had said, "I'll kill you," when he pulled his gun for the first time, a detail that apparently came from the then unpublished Recording the encounter.
Landry said his office could only begin to investigate Sterling's death after the Justice Department decided not to seek federal costs. Commenting on his decision on Tuesday, Landry said the officers would "in likely circumstances" try a lawful arrest, provided that Sterling was armed while resisting their arrest attempts.
Lake found in Sterling's right front a loaded caliber .38 caliber
Landry also said this week that toxicological reports showed that Sterling had drugs in his system when he was killed, and the attorney general said it was " reasonably that Mr. Sterling was under the influence and that contributed to his non-compliance. "
A report that Landry published on Tuesday, explaining his decision not to request criminal charges, mentioned video footage taken from several other sources including "Security shots from the Triple S Store, along with the officers." Body cameras and police cameras as well as the improved videos produced by the US Department of Justice.
The video footage was repeated The state and federal authorities declared their decision not to bring charges against the case.
The Ministry of Justice stated at the announcement of the end of the civil rights investigation into Sterling's death last year that it was material from within and outside have investigated loading, mobile video and the police shots, and Landry's office said that it received "extensive video evidence" from federal officials.
"Several videos captured parts or the entire interaction of the officers with Sterling," said the Ministry of Justice This includes mobile phone videos, surveillance videos from the store, and videos from police cameras and a police vehicle. FBI video forensics experts also provided improvements to the relevant videos for the part of the fight that preceded the shooting immediately.
The report from Landry's office repeatedly describes movements that appear to have been seen on video recordings.The report also mentions physical actions that can be seen in front of the camera. "Video evidence clearly shows Officer Salamoni making several attempts to # 39; s right hand to control. "
The Ministry of Justice mentioned in its announcement last year video footage that showed Sterling they met the officers and once remarked that" the position of Sterling's right hand was not visible to the cameras. "At the time, the announcement was that Salamoni was shouting that Sterling" was heading for the gun "and started firing at him.
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