BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Latest on fatal shooting of a black man by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (all times local):
A source says one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge has been fired and the other will be suspended.
FILE – In this May 2, 2017, file photo, people congregate in front of a mural of Alton Sterling outside the Triple S Food Mart, where Sterling was killed in 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. The investigation of the deadly police shooting that inflamed racial tensions in Louisiana’s capital city has ended without criminal charges against two white officers who confronted Sterling, a black man outside a convenience store two summers ago. Experts in police tactics think the bloodshed could have been avoided if the Baton Rouge officers had done more to defuse the encounter with Sterling. They say poor police tactics and techniques may have aggravated the volatile confrontation, which lasted less than 90 seconds. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn’t been made, said officer Blane Salamoni, who shot Alton Sterling in a July 2016 struggle will be fired.
The other officer, officer Howie Lake II, will be suspended for three days.
The shooting set off widespread protests.
A Louisiana police chief plans to announce whether he is disciplining two white officers for the fatal shooting of a black man whose death set off widespread protests.
At a press conference scheduled for Friday evening, Baton Rouge police Chief Murphy Paul also is expected to release body camera footage and other videos of the officers’ deadly encounter with Alton Sterling outside a convenience store in July 2016.
Officer Blane Salamoni shot Sterling six times during a struggle. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground but didn’t fire his weapon.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that his office isn’t charging either officer. The Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges last year.
Both officers have remained on paid administrative leave since the shooting.
FILE – In this July 5, 2016 image made from video provided by Arthur Reed, Alton Sterling is restrained by two Baton Rouge police officers, one holding a gun, outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. Moments later, one of the officers shot and killed Sterling, a black man who had been selling CDs outside the store, while he was on the ground. The investigation of the deadly police shooting that inflamed racial tensions in Louisiana’s capital city has ended without criminal charges against two white officers who confronted Sterling. . Experts in police tactics think the bloodshed could have been avoided if the Baton Rouge officers had done more to defuse the encounter with Sterling. .(Arthur Reed via AP, File
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