Two years after fatal shooting of Sterling, work continues to improve police and community relations
Posted on 7/5/2018 7:38:00 AM.
Today marks two years since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by former Baton Rouge Police Officer Blane Salamoni. Since then legislation was passed to address the gap in trust between some Louisiana communities and law enforcement.
 
State Representative Ted James says they’ve had initial success with programs aimed at increasing training for cops on how to interact with communities they serve.
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Lawyer for ex-officer connected to Sterling shooting questions battery charge timing
Posted on 5/1/2018 10:44:00 AM.
Former Baton Rouge police officer Blane Salamoni (pictured), who was involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, is now facing a battery charge from a separate arrest that took place one month before the shooting. Salamoni’s attorney John Mclindon was asked about possible jail time for his client.
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Attorney for fired police officer in Sterling shooting files an appeal
Posted on 4/13/2018 2:34:00 PM.
The police officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling during a struggle has appealed his firing. Attorney John McLindon filed the appeal to a local civil service board on behalf of Blane Salamoni, who shot Sterling nearly two years ago. McLindon says Salamoni wants to clear his name.
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NAACP wants a grand jury hearing in Sterling shooting
Posted on 4/3/2018 9:47:00 AM.
Several protesters marched into Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office on Monday demanding a grand jury look at the evidence from the Alton Sterling investigation. Landry announced last week two white police officers will not be criminally charged in the 2016 shooting death of a black man. But Louisiana NAACP President Michael McClanahan says the violent video of the shooting released on Friday should be reviewed by a 12-member panel to determine if criminal charges are warranted.
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One Baton Rouge police officer fired, another suspended in shooting of Alton Sterling
Posted on 3/30/2018 5:36:00 PM.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul announces officer Blane Salamoni has been fired, while fellow officer Howie Lake has been suspended for three days in the July 2016 shooting of Alton Sterling.
 
Paul came to the decision after an internal review of the altercation between Sterling and the two officers. Video evidence shows the situation quickly escalated and the episode ended when Salamoni shot Sterling six times.
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AG Jeff Landry: No criminal charges in Sterling shooting
Posted on 3/27/2018 12:13:00 PM.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has ruled criminal charges are not warranted against two white Baton Rouge police officers who fatally shot a black man during an altercation in front of a convenience store in July of 2016. Landry’s office reviewed the evidence of the Alton Sterling shooting for nearly a year.
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BRPD to release Sterling documents, evidence in near future
Posted on 3/27/2018 12:02:00 PM.

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s decision not to charge the two officers who shot Alton Sterling is not the end of the case. The Baton Rouge Police Department will review the incident, and is expected to make a decision on the employment status of Officers Salamoni and Lake by the end of the week. Chief Murphy Paul says the public will have access to much of the same material as investigators.
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New BRPD Chief Paul has a plenty of challenges ahead of him
Posted on 1/8/2018 3:00:00 AM.

New Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul will be sworn in today and has a huge task ahead. East Baton Rouge Parish recorded 104 murders in 2017, most of those within the city limits of Baton Rouge. LSU Sociology Assistant Professor Matthew Valasik says Paul must heal any animosity between police and citizens before any progress can be made.
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Federal judge sides with Alton Sterling protesters in suit against cops in Baton Rouge
Posted on 10/27/2017 1:42:00 PM.
A federal judge agrees with Alton Sterling protesters in a class action lawsuit against Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies. A hearing was held Friday morning involving about 80 protesters who were arrested last year. The ACLU of Louisiana filed a similar lawsuit but one that did not seek damages.
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EBR Mayor condemns comments that Gavin Long served justice for Alton Sterling
Posted on 7/27/2017 11:56:00 AM.

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome condemns remarks made at a Metro Council meeting, where a community activist suggested the police ambush was justice for Alton Sterling. Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed told Mayor Pro-tem Scott Wilson justice has been served for Sterling.
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