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 the other officer involved.
"I am formally requesting your reexamination of paid administrative leave and disciplinary action for officers Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni," Broome's letter says. "I implore you, as mayor-president of this city that we both serve, to consider the community and the integrity of the department you lead as you make this decision."
The letter was not available Thursday, though a Baton Rouge police spokesman confirmed Dabadie had received the mayor-president's letter. The Advocate received the letter following a public records request and is still waiting to receive Dabadie's response.
Broome's letter says she looks "forward to your written response within 24 hours."
Her letter calls for Dabadie to terminate Salamoni, citing information revealed in late March during closed door meetings with Department of Justice officials. Attorneys and community leaders who were in those meetings revealed that federal investigators said Salamoni pointed a gun at Sterling's head within seconds of arriving at the scene and threatened to kill him if he did not place his hands on the hood of a car.
With his handgun drawn, Baton Rouge policeman Blane Salamoni first approached Alton Sterling…
"From what was described to both of us, I believe Officer Salamoni seriously violated established police policy and procedures to the extent that termination is warranted," the letter says. "Our city deserves 21st century professional policing."
Broome did not ask that Lake be terminated.
This is the latest move by Broome to further distance herself from the police chief, someone she repeatedly promised to replace during her campaign for mayor-president.
During her hard-fought election campaign, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome repeatedly pr…
Though the internal affairs investigation is completed, the department has typically waited for a parallel criminal investigation to conclude before the chief decides how or whether to discipline an officer accused of a crime.
The Police Department and mayor-president's office did not respond Friday to inquires from The Advocate about whether the chief responded to the mayor's letter.
Advocate staff writer Andrea Gallo contributed to this report.