August 17, 2022

Disturbing new footage of Baton Rouge cops killing Alton Sterling just got released [WATCH]

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The Baton Rouge Police Department has finally released four previously withheld videos documenting the police shooting that resulted in the death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, in 2016 (video below).


The newly released footage accompanies the news that Officer Blane Salamoni, the man who shot Sterling, is being fired after refusing to answer questions about his handling of the situation as well as a departmental conclusion that he failed to follow proper policy, resulting in Sterling’s death. The other officer involved in the incident, Howie Lake, received a three-day suspension.

“My finding is based on the actions of the officers. These actions were not minor deviations from policy as they contributed to the outcome that resulted in the death of another human being … Officer Howie Lake answered all of the questions that was presented during the hearing. On the advice of his attorney, Officer Salamoni chose not to answer any of our questions,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murpy Paul said, according to HuffPost.

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Sterling was shot outside a Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge after police received a report of a man acting threateningly with a gun while trying to sell CDs outside the establishment.

Officers arrived on scene and tasered Sterling, asserting that he was resisting arrest. They then pinned him to the ground. While struggling to subdue him, one officer yelled that Sterling had a gun. Salamoni told Sterling that he would shoot him in the “fucking head.”

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Soon after, Sterling was shot three times, receiving a serious chest wound. Three more shots were then fired. A loaded pistol was found in Sterling’s pockets, although there is little evidence that he was reaching for it.

“The videos you will see and hear are graphic and shocking to the conscience,” Chief Paul said.


Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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