The head of the Baton Rouge police union has been placed under internal investigation and faces possible discipline for his actions the night of the 2016 Alton Sterling shooting.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
The second officer involved in the 2016 shooting of Alton Sterling also filed an appeal last week asking the local civil service board to overturn his three-day suspension.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
After less than four months on the job, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul stepped into the national spotlight, announcing his decision to fire Officer Blane Salamoni for violating department policies during his 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Blane Salamoni on Friday appealed being fired for his actions in the 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling, disputing the Baton Rouge police chief’s claims that he unnecessarily escalated the confrontation by immediately pointing a gun at the susp…
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Legislature may form a task force to study officer-involved shootings and whether the state needs any laws to guide how they are handled – a direct response to the recent outcome of the investigation into the death of Alton Sterling.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
As more high-profile police shooting investigations end, a pattern has emerged: Departments are firing the officers who pulled the trigger or forcing their resignations. Even so, some officers win appeals or get policing jobs elsewhere.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Officer Howie Lake II was allowed to return to work at the Baton Rouge Police Department Thursday after spending nearly two years awaiting the outcome of investigations into his role in the death of Alton Sterling.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Joining calls for justice after no criminal charges were brought against the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, a Baton Rouge state legislator has proposed a law to push prosecutors take officer-involved shootings to a grand jury.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Last week’s firing of the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling has prompted threats by others on the force to quit and sparked mixed reactions both in the department and in the community, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said Tuesday.
Monday, April 02, 2018
A group of about 35 people marched into Louisiana's Office of the Attorney General Monday afternoon calling for a special prosecutor to review the case against the two white Baton Rouge police officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterl…
Friday, March 30, 2018
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul fired one officer and suspended another in connection to the Alton Sterling shooting on Friday after nearly two years of investigations and a public outcry.
Nearly three months after the Alton Sterling shooting, Officer Blane Salamoni defended his decision to use deadly force, telling Baton Rouge police that Sterling seemed determined to kill him and his colleague, Howie Lake II, during a violent stru…
Friday, March 30, 2018
Surveillance at Triple S Food Mart where Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police in July 2016 shows, for the first time publicly, the graphic altercation and aftermath of the highly publicized incident.
Elected officials and religious leaders who have long called for the firing of Baton Rouge police officer Blane Salamoni said they were stunned Friday after finally viewing body camera footage from the night the officer fatally shot Alton Sterling…
Friday, March 30, 2018
Baton Rouge police released graphic new video Friday of the Alton Sterling shooting, including officer-worn body camera footage that offered a more complete account of the deadly encounter that ignited national protests two summers ago.
After nearly two years of investigations and a public outcry over the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul on Friday fired one officer and suspended another as he pleaded with the community to heal the woun…
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul will release his discipline decision for Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, the officers in the Alton Sterling case, at a news conference at 5 p.m. Friday.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The unrest that followed the Alton Sterling shooting drove Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II into hiding as protesters clashed with Baton Rouge police and demanded the prosecution of both officers.
Louisiana State Police are preparing for Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul to release his discipline decisions about the fate of two BRPD officers in the Alton Sterling case Friday afternoon, according to an agency email.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Long-awaited audio and video evidence in the July 2016 killing of Alton Sterling is expected to be released as early as Friday, including footage sources have previously described as graphic and eye-opening.
When the U.S. Justice Department announced last year it would not pursue civil-rights charges in the death of Alton Sterling, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome joined a chorus of critics calling for the firing of Blane S…
Asked about President Trump's reaction to the Alton Sterling shooting case, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday it's a "local matter" that should be left to local authorities, according to a CNN report.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry ruled out criminal charges Tuesday against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the shooting of a black man whose death led to widespread protests nearly two years ago.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that the state would not pursue charges against the two officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling. Sterling's family members, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston B…
The Baton Rouge Police chief's decision about disciplinary action for the two white officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling remains pending, adding another day to the more than 20 months the men have been on paid leave — accruing…
After Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced charges would not be pursued against the two officers involved in Alton Sterling's fatal shooting, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he supports Baton Rouge officials as the investigation begins its …
Two use of force experts hired by the U.S. Justice Department criticized the actions taken by Baton Rouge police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake in the 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, even though both experts concluded the shooting h…
Baton Rouge police Chief Murphy Paul plans to hold closed disciplinary hearings this week with the two officers involved in the July 2016 killing of Alton Sterling, and his office will release long-awaited footage of the incident after a public an…
The Sterling family and their attorneys said they were disappointed, but not surprised, that the attorney general declined to bring charges against the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, but they will push forward with a civil lawsu…
More than 20 months Alton Sterling was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced the two officers involved would not be charged by the state.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Tuesday declined any criminal charges against the two white Baton Rouge police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, in July 2016 outside a convenience store.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday morning that charges would not be brought against the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is expected Tuesday to announce his long-awaited decision about potential state criminal charges against two police officers in the Alton Sterling case.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP organized a press conference outside City Hall to double down on their demands nearly two years after the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by a police officer, but the conference went off the rails when the lea…
Friday, March 16, 2018
Law enforcement officers from around the Baton Rouge region met Friday morning to prepare for the eventual announcement from Attorney General Jeff Landry about whether his office will pursue charges against the police officers involved in the fata…
Friday, January 12, 2018
Attorneys for the Alton Sterling family filed a subpoena Tuesday with the state Attorney General's Office asking that they turn over documents and videos pertaining to the July 2016 officer shooting of the 37-year-old black man, in hopes of moving…
Monday, December 04, 2017
The Metro Council tried to silence black voices when Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wilson removed several speakers from a May meeting, a lawsuit filed Monday alleges.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
The attorneys for the children of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a white Baton Rouge police officer, have asked the state attorney general to allow them access to video and audio tapes from the July 2016 shooting.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The death of Alton Sterling on July 5, 2016, in Baton Rouge brought former LSU football player Eric Reid to tears, he says in an opinion piece published this week on the New York Times website.
Monday, September 18, 2017
The founder of a group dedicated to social justice through the arts, in Baton Rouge on Friday for a talk at LSU, took time to offer a musical tribute to Alton Sterling at the Triple S Mart.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore released a lengthy defense Wednesday of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination anti-gang initiative, saying the cloud of questions about the program's administration should not mar its reputation …
Friday, August 04, 2017
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office will investigate the contracts issued under the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program after the city-parish's handling of the anti-gang initiative has repeatedly been criticized over the past week.
Thursday, August 03, 2017
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has joined the chorus of people calling for investigations into City Hall's handling of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination anti-gang initiative.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Continued outrage in Baton Rouge over comments an activist made a week ago at a Metro Council meeting has spurred conversations about the role race plays in the political uproar.
The $125,000 originally intended for LSU's work on the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program would only have been needed if the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to extend the grant for the anti-gang initiative, said a city-parish official…
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office confirmed Tuesday she is suspending all contracts issued from mid-June to mid-July for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program after backlash surfaced this past week about the anti-gang initiative.
Monday, July 31, 2017
A Baton Rouge Metro Council member and the former president of the city's police union on Monday asked two state agencies to investigate contracts issued for the BRAVE program by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's administration.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Baton Rouge activist Arthur "Silky Slim" Reed is known for his theatrics, which recently included carrying a noose into City Hall to dramatize his speeches about the need for criminal justice reform and for a revamp of Baton Rouge Police Departmen…
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Leaders from the Baton Rouge Police Department, including interim Police Chief Lt. Jonny Dunnam on day two in that role, demonstrated a strong buy-in Tuesday for a proposed community-policing ambassador program — an idea that's been explored for t…
Monday, July 24, 2017
The former mayor-president who tapped Carl Dabadie as his police chief said Monday that Dabadie has been treated unfairly and that his retirement will be a terrible blow to Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Carl Dabadie lamented on Monday his strained relationship with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome in the letter he wrote to announce his retirement.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Twenty people arrested in Baton Rouge during demonstrations a year ago over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling accused authorities of using excessive force and violating their rights in at least three federal lawsuits, the latest volleys in the …
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Scores of protesters arrested last summer following Alton Sterling's fatal shooting were treated "like animals" and humiliated inside the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, according to a scathing new report that describes the lockup's conditions as …
Friday, July 07, 2017
Attorneys for one of the officers wounded in a lone gunman's deadly ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement last July claim the national Black Lives Matter protest movement and five of its most prominent activists are to blame for the attack.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
One year after Alton Sterling was killed during a struggle with two Baton Rouge police officers, a small protest driven by members of the New Black Panther Party ended Wednesday when police fired stun guns, deployed pepper spray and arrested seven…
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A year ago, Abdullah Muflahi rushed outside his convenience store, whipped out his cellphone and began taping moments before a white police officer shot and killed a black man in the parking lot.
Monday, July 03, 2017
Alton Sterling was fatally shot by Baton Rouge police on July 5, 2016, in front of the Triple S Food Mart in North Baton Rouge. Though the U.S. Department of Justice announced in May that it would not pursue criminal civil rights charges against t…
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The children of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a white Baton Rouge police officer just under a year ago, alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the policeman who killed him ignored department policies and training…
Attorneys for Alton Sterling’s five children plan to file a lawsuit today against several parties in his death, according to a spokesman.
Friday, June 23, 2017
The Baton Rouge Police Department has chosen Axon Enterprise Inc., formerly known as Taser, as the vendor for the hundreds of body cameras that will soon outfit officers in the Capital City.
In a new interview with women's fashion magazine Elle, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome discussed her role in the fallout from the Department of Justice's Alton Sterling decision.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A Baton Rouge police officer injured during an Alton Sterling-related protest last summer cannot sue Black Lives Matter or prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson because Black Lives Matter is a "movement" and not an entity that can b…
Months of scandals, checkered audits and multiple legal disputes were not enough Wednesday, said Baton Rouge Metro Council members, to overturn the will of the people who voted for a dedicated property tax that will dramatically increase the East …
Friday, June 02, 2017
The attorney representing the Baton Rouge Police Department officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling said Friday that Chief Carl Dabadie made the right call in rejecting Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's request that he fire the officer.
The current East Baton Rouge mayor-president and the man she replaced both addressed the Baton Rouge Police Department at a Thursday night awards ceremony, with the stark differences in their approach to policing and rapport with the police union…
Legislation stemming from the Baton Rouge police shooting of Alton Sterling last summer cleared the state Senate Friday afternoon and now goes to the governor.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Responding to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's call to fire the officer who killed Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie wrote that any such action would be improper and premature until the criminal investigation is complete.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A federal judge on Tuesday preliminarily approved a proposed settlement resolving a class action that accuses law enforcement agencies in Louisiana's capital of violating the constitutional rights of protesters who were arrested after a deadly pol…
Saturday, May 27, 2017
After the U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute the two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, his family members and others turned their attention to state charges, citing new details of the encounter reve…
The heads of Baton Rouge’s major law enforcement agencies gathered under one roof Saturday to preach a sermon bearing the same message: without each other, we are nothing.
Friday, May 26, 2017
People who threatened to "shut down" the May 10 Metro Council meeting tried unsuccessfully this week to get an apology from Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wilson, who had ordered them escorted out of that meeting for allegedly disrupting city business .
Baton Rouge police on Friday afternoon released the letter that Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome sent to Chief Carl Dabadie Thursday, which asks him to fire the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling in July and reconsider how to discipline t…
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The public debate over the fate of the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling escalated Thursday as the Baton Rouge Union of Police criticized Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's call for his immediate termination, saying her recommendation wo…
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Attorneys for Alton Sterling's children sent a letter Wednesday to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie demanding that the two officers involved in Sterling's fatal shooting last July be fired. Hours later…
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A Baton Rouge police officer's racially charged text message that resulted in his suspension has become the latest cause du jour in Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's promise of a top-down reform of the police department.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
The words "police reform" became a frequent buzzword in Baton Rouge over the last 10 months, coming up at protests, political forums and community meetings.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Protesters tried to shut down Wednesday's Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting by speaking about Alton Sterling's death while council members were holding public comment periods for mundane items, but one by one, several protesters were kicked out.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Wearing dress uniforms and a black ribbon over their badges, dozens of Baton Rouge law enforcement officers on Tuesday joined friends and family members of their colleagues killed in the line of duty for a memorial service to honor their sacrifices.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
With his handgun drawn, Baton Rouge policeman Blane Salamoni first approached Alton Sterling outside the Triple S Food Mart on July 5 and pointed the weapon at Sterling, yelling at the burly 37-year-old man he'd shoot him in the head if he didn't …
As the city continues to cope with the fallout of the July 2016 police shooting death of Alton Sterling, people gathered at a Baton Rouge church Saturday to share their ideas on how to heal Baton Rouge’s racial and other divisions.
A small but vocal crowd gathered outside the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Saturday to protest the death of Alton Sterling.
Friday, May 05, 2017
New details in the investigation into Alton Sterling's death have put the spotlight back on the Baton Rouge Police Department's body camera program, with some saying they want more information about what happened with the cameras worn by the officers.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Two Baton Rouge policemen received the long-awaited word this week that they will not face civil-rights charges in the shooting death of Alton Sterling, but officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II have a long way to go before returning to duty.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
A 10-month investigation into the confrontation with two Baton Rouge policemen that left Alton Sterling dead did not uncover enough evidence to bring criminal civil rights charges, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, emphasizing that the probe lef…
Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not seek charges against two white police officers who were involved in a deadly encounter with a black man in Baton Rouge last summer.
An attorney for Blane Salamoni, the Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling after a struggle last July, applauded the federal investigation that found there was no basis to charge his client as "thorough and exhaustive."
Law enforcement officers across Baton Rouge are bracing themselves for the possible return of swarms of protesters in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's decision announced Wednesday not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in …
After the Department of Justice announced Wednesday its decision not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of Alton Sterling, the Sterling family held a news conference to react to the decision. Later, East Baton Rouge Mayor…
The graphic cellphone videos that captured the shooting death of Alton Sterling last summer sparked widespread outrage and several nights of protests in Baton Rouge. But the footage, however disturbing, offered an incomplete account of a violent s…
After a nearly year-long investigation, the Department of Justice officially announced their decision Wednesday not to bring charges against two Baton Rouge officers in the death of Alton Sterling.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said Wednesday she understands the anger, frustration and confusion among some over the U.S. Department of Justice's decision not to pursue charges against the Baton Rouge police officers who k…
Attorney General Jeff Landry confirmed Wednesday that his office will handle the state review of the Alton Sterling shooting case.
The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, it was announced Wednesday in Baton Rouge.
Federal prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against either of the Baton Rouge city policemen involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling during a confrontation outside a convenience store in July, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson a…
Together Baton Rouge called Wednesday for the release of all video recordings related to the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling and for a thorough state investigation into the incident.
Alton Sterling's family said Wednesday they are counting on the state to bring criminal charges against the Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot him, after learning more details of the deadly July interaction from federal authorities.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a news conference on the federal criminal investigation into the death of Alton Sterling at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
A group of about two dozen protesters gathered near Baton Rouge Police Headquarters briefly blocked several lanes of Airline Highway late Tuesday night, prompting a number of police officers to respond
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
After news broke Tuesday afternoon that the officers who shot Alton Sterling last July would not face charges, a group began to gather for a vigil at the Triple S food mart. The store was the site of the shooting, as well as protests in the days after.
People gathered for a vigil Tuesday at the Triple S Food Mart on North Foster in Baton Rouge after reports emerged that two police officers would not face federal charges in a fatal encounter with Alton Sterling in the store parking lot in July.
As news broke that officers who killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last July would not face charges, family members struggled to comprehend the decision, and how they came to learn of it.