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Baton Rouge Officer Fired, 1 Suspended in Deadly 2016 Shooting

Baton Rouge Officer Fired, 1 Suspended in Deadly 2016 Shooting

But the officer, who has served with the force for less than three months, insisted he had not acted for political or emotional reasons.

Paul says Salamoni violated the use of force policy and displayed poor tempermeant.

Salamoni's attorney, John McLindon, had said Tuesday that he expected the officer to be fired.

"Our police officers are held to a higher standard, fear can not be a driver for an officer's response to every incident".

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul Jr. seemed at times during a Friday afternoon press conference to chide officers who react to calls with an overstated amount of fear and he pleaded with the public to listen and follow directives from officers when you encounter them.

"Put your hands on the auto or I'll shoot you in your f--g head, you understand me? Put your f-- hands on the auto". In one video, an officer draws something from his waistband and points it at Sterling.

After the shooting - as Sterling lies on the ground - an officer can be heard using profanity to say Sterling was stupid.

This decision comes on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Landry's decision to not charge Blake Salamoni and Howie Lake with any criminal charges for their involvement in the shooting. His decision, which followed the Justice Department's announcement a year ago that it would not to seek federal civil rights charges, drew sharp criticism from activists and advocates.

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Lake twice used a Taser on Sterling, with little to no effect. On the advice of his attorney, Salamoni chose not to answer questions, Paul said. An autopsy deemed his death a homicide caused by multiple gunshot wounds.

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Peace has been restored with additional police forces patrolling the area, District Magistrate Shashanka Shetty said. Officer in-charge Pramit Ganguly also received head injuries, the officer had said.

State authorities announced this week that Salamoni was justified in shooting Sterling outside a Baton Rouge convenience store, and that no charges would be brought against him or Lake. Baton Rouge, Louisiana officers in the videotaped 2016 killing of a black man named Alton Sterling have been spared any charges.

It was also the first time Sterling's children saw the video. Attorneys for Sterling's family had said past year that they were told by federal investigators that Salamoni had told Sterling, "I'm going to kill you" when he first drew his gun, a detail apparently drawn from the then-unreleased recording of the encounter.

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome in a statement said she "fully" supports the police chief's decision and she is "grateful for his leadership and his swift, decisive, and fair action on this matter".

Both agencies said there was nothing to show the officers "willfully" violated Sterling's civil rights. The call was from a homeless man who said that after he approached Sterling for money, Sterling showed him the weapon. "Sterling was under the influence, and that contributed to his noncompliance", Landry said.

L. Chris Stewart, a lawyer representing two of Sterling's five children, said the newly released videos show officer Salamoni attacked Sterling without provocation "like a wild dog". But he cautioned that it only tells "part of the story".

The department had originally said Salamoni's body camera fell off during the shooting and did not capture the shooting.

Cellphone video of the shooting had been released in the past. The shooting is heard but not visible in the video.

CNN is reviewing the other videos. The officers on the scene tased Sterling, wrestled him to the ground, and then shot him.

The gun is not visible in the video, but Lake tells another officer he put it in his auto. The policeman claimed to be Salamoni after that goes for Sterling, tackling him as the video camera video obscures with movement.

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