Officers involved in Alton Sterling case to find out if they will lose their jobs

The two Baton Rouge, La., police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in 2016 will learn if they will receive any disciplinary action from their department today.

According to CNN, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul is scheduled to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) to announce the department’s decision, which will primarily reflect the investigation into their policies and procedures, determining if the officers violated protocol.

On Tuesday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that it was determined that Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II would not be prosecuted for their deadly actions. 

“Our investigation has concluded that officers Lake and Salamoni attempted to make a lawful arrest of Alton Sterling based on probable cause,” he said. “Sterling continued to resist the officer’s arrest.”

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Cameron Sterling, the son of Alton Sterling, enters the funeral of his father in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jeffrey Dubinsky
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BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 15: Friends and family pay their respects as they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling at Southern University on July 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 15: Friends and family pay their respects as they attend the funeral of Alton Sterling at Southern University on July 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Rev. Al Sharpton looks over the casket of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by Baton Rouge Police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
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Additionally, four more videos are to be released on Friday which were recorded on the night of the controversial incident.

Last year, the Justice Department determined that there was “insufficient evidence” to pursue charges. 

“Given the totality of the circumstances — that the officers had been fighting with Sterling and had attempted less-than-lethal methods of control; that they knew Sterling had a weapon; that Sterling had reportedly brandished a gun at another person; and that Sterling was much larger and stronger than either officer — the Department cannot prove either that the shots were unconstitutional or that they were willful.”

The news that came on Tuesday followed an internal investigation from the police department into whether or not they would pursue their own charges against the officers. 

“When I see the video, I see the dad of my son killed in cold blood,” said Quintela McMillan, the mother of Sterling’s oldest son following Tuesday’s decision.

McMillan stated that she didn’t have faith that the state would find the officers at fault, but she is hoping that the officers will at least lose their jobs over the shooting.

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“I don’t think either one of them deserves to be in uniform,” she said. It was reported that the officers’ lawyers also expect for their officers to be released from duty.

Both officers have been on paid leave since the start of the investigation in 2016.

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Na'Quincy, 10, son of Alton Sterling, looks back at his father's grave as he leaves Alton's burial, at the Mount Pilgrim Benevolent Society Cemetery with Na'Qunicy's grandmother (R), whose name was withheld in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Gerald Herbert/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATHStill images from video show Alton Sterling as he is shot dead by police during an incident captured on the mobile phone camera of shop owner Abdullah Muflahi in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 5, 2016. Video taken July 5, 2016. Abdullah Muflahi/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TEMPLATE OUT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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LONDON, UK - JULY 9: A protestor seen holding a placard with the words 'Black Lives Matter' at Windrush Square. Hundreds of Londoners convined in Brixton for a solidarity march following the shooting of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in New Orleans and Minnesota respectively. The protest march on 9 July 2016 began at at Windrush Square in Brixton, South London. Todate about 509 people have been shot and killed by police in 2016 in America this year so far. (Photo by David Mbiyu/Corbis via Getty Images)
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What Happened?

According to Attorney General Jeff Landry, Officer Lake first instructed Sterling to place his hands on a vehicle after he saw him engaged in a transaction with two women. He said Sterling failed to respond. Lake then tried to physically control Sterling’s hands in an attempt to get his hands on the car. Salamoni arrives to assist Lake and Sterling continues to resist arrest.

During the struggle, Sterling spins around and pulls his right arm away from Officer Salamoni and that’s when he draws his firearm from his holster and gives Sterling a “loud, aggressive verbal command and threatens to shoot him if he doesn’t comply.”

Landry explains that the command proved to be temporarily effective for the officers and as they tried to get Sterling into the police car, he started resisting arrest again. They then used a taser a few times, which also had little effect.

A struggled between the officers and Sterling ensued on the ground and Officer Salamoni is heard saying, “He’s got a gun!”

As the struggle continued Salamoni can then be heard saying, “he’s going for the gun,” ” and fires three shots into Sterling’s chest and rolls away from him.

Lake then stood positioned over Sterling pointing his handgun. Sterling rolled away from Salamoni, tried to get up and then Salamoni fires more shots into his back, killing him. It was revealed that Sterling had a .38 caliber in his pocket.

“These are the facts,” Landry said.

 

Civil Suit To Follow

In June, Sterling’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the city and police of Baton Rouge.

Sterling’s five children sought unspecified damages from the city, Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and the police department, and the two officers involved in the shooting.

“This is not about whether the officers should go to jail. It’s about resolving this case for the children who no longer have a father because proper procedures weren’t followed,” L. Chris Stewart, one of the children’s lawyers, said at a news conference.

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The lawsuit, which comprises 26 pages, claims that Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake breached protocol and used excessive force when they shot Sterling while responding to reports at a convenience store that a resident had been threatened by a Black man who was selling CDs. Police claimed that Sterling was moving to pull a gun out of his pocket when he was shot. At the time of the shooting, Baton Rouge did not have a written policy on the use of force and de-escalation.

The lawsuit also claims that Baton Rouge has a “longstanding pervasive policy of tolerating racist behavior by some of its officers.”

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