The Baton Rouge police officer accused of killing Alton Sterling was called “borderline nuts” in an internal email, following a July 2015 fight with another officer at a firearms range.
Attorneys representing Sterling’s five children released the email Tuesday, sent by a commander for the Baton Rouge Police Department’s firearms training unit.
“I had to get between them and get them in the range office,” firearms commander Sgt. Robert Knight wrote of Blane Salamoni and the other officer. “I got them to apologize to each other after I read the riot act. Both of them are borderline nuts.”
Knight sent the email on July 21, 2015, less than a year before Salamoni fatally shot Sterling outside the Triple S Food Mart on July 5, 2016.
“This wasn’t just the act of a rogue cop,” attorney Chris Stewart told reporters Tuesday outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse. “This was a systemic failure of the police department, and also those who oversee the police department.”
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