Deadly police shootings

Baton Rouge police officer fired for Alton Sterling’s deadly shooting


By Frederick H. Lowe

Alton Sterling

The Baton Rouge Police Department today fired one of two officers involved in the deadly shooting of Alton Sterling and suspended the other cop for three days.

Police Chief Murphy Paul Jr. on Friday fired Blane Salamoni because he violated the use of force and temperament policies in the deadly July 2016 shooting of Sterling in a convenience store parking lot following an argument that escalated.  Sterling, 37, was selling CDs at the time.

Salamoni fired the shots that killed Sterling. Salamoni’s partner, Howie Lake, did not fire his weapon.

“I’m going to shoot you in your fucking head,” Salamoni said.

Chief Paul announced his decisions concerning Salamoni and Lake two days after the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office announced that it would not charge either officer in Sterling’s violent death.



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