Baton Rouge police officials released a disturbingly graphic video of the police killing of Alton Sterling, one of four videos released by the department on Friday.
The video release occurred as police officials fired one of the officers involved in Sterling's shooting death and suspended the other, according to news reports.
New Alton Sterling shooting videos: Body cams show heated, deadly scene at Triple S https://t.co/tqHfuXEu2k pic.twitter.com/Y6b9lekvSm— The Advocate (@theadvocatebr) March 30, 2018
Friday's developments come just three days after the state attorney general declined to press charges against the two white officers. Sterling was black.
The bodycam video shows one of the two officers using excessive force against Sterling, 37, before shooting and killing him.
Four videos recorded the night an officer shot Alton Sterling in 2016 were released by Baton Rouge police.— CNN (@CNN) March 30, 2018
The recordings are a convenience store surveillance video, 2 police-worn body camera videos and a video recorded by a police car's dashboard camera https://t.co/iQTILjYR0p
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul announced in a press conference Friday that the officer who shot Sterling, Blane Salamoni, has been fired for use of excessive force.
Salamoni's attorney said he'll appeal the decision, according to CNN.
Paul said the second officer, Howie Lake II, will be suspended for three days without pay.
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“My decision was not based on politics," he said. "It was not based on emotions. It was based on the facts of the case."
Sterling was killed by the two officers during a deadly encounter outside a Baton Rouge convenience store in 2016. His death sparked outrage and widespread protests.
Warning: Graphic video below.
BREAKING: This is the body camera video from Baton Rouge police Officer Blane Salamoni, who shot & killed Alton Sterling. It was just aired by @WAFB - Officer Salamoni was fires today, he refused to answer all questions at his disciplinary hearing, on the advice of his attorney pic.twitter.com/ZiLR8e8ZmR— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) March 30, 2018
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