BRPD: Alton Sterling video to be released; disciplinary hearings to held against officers

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Baton Rouge Police Chiel Murphy Paul said his department will hold disciplinary hearings by Friday to determine whether the officers involved in the Alton Sterling shooting was in line with department policy.

Chief Paul made that announcement Attorney General Jeff Landry said his office would not file state criminal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II. 

After the disciplinary hearings, Paul said, police will release four additional videos: two body camera recordings; one from a store surveillance camera; and one from the dashboard camera in a patrol car.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement regarding the Alton Sterling investigation. 

“The death of Alton Sterling was a tragedy that evoked deep grief and anger across Baton Rouge and Louisiana. Our communities continue to heal from the events of the summer of 2016. While everyone may not agree with the decision by the Louisiana Department of Justice, the process outlined by law was followed. Now, we come to the next phase of the investigation. I support Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and Chief Murphy Paul’s decision to conduct an administrative review to determine if any disciplinary action should be taken within the Baton Rouge Police Department.  We owe this final review to the Baton Rouge community and the Sterling family. As we move into this next phase of the investigation, I continue to ask the people of Louisiana to pray for Alton’s family, the community of North Baton Rouge where he lived, the law enforcement officials who protect us every day, and our great state.”

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