Cop who killed Alton Sterling fired, second officer suspended as body cam...

Cop who killed Alton Sterling fired, second officer suspended as body cam video released (GRAPHIC)


A white police officer from Louisiana who fatally shot a black man in 2016 outside a convenience store was fired Friday — less than a week after the state attorney general ruled out criminal charges.

Baton Rouge cop Blane Salamoni was dismissed after “an exhaustive, year-long federal criminal civil rights investigation” into the death of Alton Sterling, Police Chief Murphy Paul said at a press conference Friday.

Salamoni shot Sterling six times on July 5, 2016, outside the Triple S Food Mart, after the cop’s partner, Howie Lake II, helped wrestle the 37-year-old to the ground while trying to arrest him for selling homemade CDs.

Lake, who is also white, was suspended for three days without pay, Paul said. The disciplinary decisions were announced as the department released long-awaited footage from the officers’ body cameras Friday.

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Baton Rouge Police officers Howie Lake (pictued in high school in 2005) and Blane Salamoni were involved in the fatally shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on July 6th, 2016.

In the footage, the officers are seen approaching Sterling and ordering him to put his hands on the hood of a car. One of the cops hurls profanities at Sterling — then threatens to shoot him in the head when Sterling asks the officers what he did wrong.

When Sterling complains that the officers are hurting him, one of the cops says to use a Taser on him and an electric buzzing can be heard. The officer, believed to be Salamoni, then runs at Sterling, tackling him as the camera footage blurs with motion.

Someone yells “he’s got a gun,” then gunshots ring out.

(l.) Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.


When the officers get up, Sterling is seen on the ground outside the convenience store, covered with blood.

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After the firing stops, an officer believed to be Salamoni is heard calling the motionless Sterling a “stupid motherf–ker.”

The deadly encounter was sparked by a homeless man who called 911 to say that Sterling had flashed a weapon at him outside the store.

Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. on July 5, 2016, is seen in an undated photo posted on his Facebook account. 


Officials later said Sterling had a loaded .38-caliber handgun in his pocket.

The officers said they feared for their lives once Sterling tried to pull out the gun — but cell phone video of the incident showed the pistol never left Sterling’s pocket, and was removed after the shooting by one of the cops.

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The state’s top prosecutor said Tuesday the two cops would not be charged in Sterling’s death.

In this Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo made from video, Alton Sterling is detained by two Baton Rouge police officers outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. Moments later, one of the officers shot and killed Sterling, a black man who had been selling CDs outside the store, while he was on the ground. (Arthur Reed via AP)

(Arthur Reed/AP)

“This decision was not taken lightly,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said. “We came to this conclusion after countless hours of reviewing the evidence.”

Last year, the Justice Department also declined to pursue charges against the officers — a decision that sparked nationwide outrage and protests.

Sterling’s aunt, Sandra Sterling, called out Salamoni, saying, “You took an oath to protect and serve, not to protect and kill."