Police Videos of Shooting of Alton Sterling Finally Released

Posted April 02, 2018

Attorneys for Sterling's family demanded the release of the police videos previous year, when the Justice Department declined to pursue federal civil rights charges against the officers.

Salamoni, along with Officer Howie Lake, struggled with Sterling, and after yelling Sterling had a gun, Salamoni eventually fired six shots, killing Sterling. "It was not based on emotions".

Salamoni defended his use of profanities, according to the report, stating he believed that if he started cursing at Sterling he "would realize that the police are here and we are not playing".

The footage appears to show Salamoni and Lake attempting to subdue Sterling in front of the store. Sterling doesn't immediately comply, starts trying to walk toward the store and away from the auto, and Lake puts his hand on Sterling's chest and pushes him back toward the vehicle.

"Every time they see this footage, they relive this". When Lake stands up, his body cam shows Sterling lying on the ground in a blood-soaked red shirt.

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W. Lloyd Grafton, a use of force expert in Ruston who reviewed the new videos for The Advocate on Friday, said Salamoni "escalated everything".

"I hope this brings some closure to them", he said. He said that both officers were present at a hearing Thursday night at which time they were questioned about procedures at the scene that night.

Just four days ago, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that his office, too, would not pursue charges against Lake or Salamoni. "Sterling", the prosecutor argued on Monday, adding that Sterling was shot because he resisted arrest.

Widespread protests occurred throughout the city in the wake of Sterling's death, during which almost 200 individuals were arrested. A gun is pointed at the back of Sterling's head as the officer's orders rise into a shout.

The video clip after that reveals Sterling depending on the vehicle park, blood merging on his breast, his arms relocating a little.

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BRPD Police Chief Murphy Paul announced the developments on Friday evening at a press conference.

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

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Tuesday announced he would not prosecute Salamoni or Lake, echoing a similar decision from the U.S. Department of Justice past year when it announced it would pass on prosecution.

Officials later said Sterling had a loaded.38-caliber handgun in his pocket. "It's frightful to watch", attorney for Alton Sterling's children Michael Adams said.

Salamoni's lawyer, John McLindon, told NBC News on Tuesday that Sterling tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, fentanyl and alcohol. Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has said that the city will launch its own investigation into the shooting, as well. "Of course they were happy [Salamoni] was terminated but they're so heartbroken that Attorney General Landry didn't even try, didn't even follow up on interviews with witnesses".

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For nearly 2 years, Sterling's family members and also several various other Baton Rouge locals have actually contacted authorities to launch all the video clip footage of the capturing. But the experts also found fault with the officers' tactics, saying they could amount to policy violations.